The Back/White Side of the Quilt

1-DSCN5215Believe it or not, I have done some free motion quilting on my domestic machine since I received my long arm.

I am stalled however. For 2 reasons.

  1. I am finding that using dark thread on dark fabric seems to disappear into the fabric. I’ve even debated on continuing.
  2. The design in my head keeps changing. I think it is partly due to lack of motivation because of reason one.3-DSCN5217

When I moved the quilt to use the space for something else, I just flipped it up and over.2-DSCN5216

I must say I like this side better. However the letters are backwards, the fabric is muslin and I have a beautiful Stonehenge fabric that would go unseen.

So do I start over with different fabric or give it my best shot and finish?

Stuck on the Journey, Jackie

 

  • Renee Hoffman

    The quilting and concept are lovely, but the letters are hard to read. Maybe you could paint the insides of the letters so they would be especially easy to see? Seems a shame to get this far and start over!

    • Bianca Bradley

      Or if she doesn’t want to paint, stitch in the ditch with a different thread. Or hand sew around the inside of the letters.

    • Jackie

      Renee,

      Thanks for stopping by and what a great idea. I have some oil fabric paints that I have used for shadowing.

      Jackie Berdych
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  • Rebecca Ruch

    I agree with Renee. I wouldn’t stop or give up on this one. You’ve done some wonderful work. I would just grab my fabric markers and take a stab at making the lettering pop. Imagine all the other fun details you could include with your painting? Whatever you decide, I’m sure it will be great.

    • Jackie

      Thanks Rebecca, yes Renee’s idea has inspired me. I might just finish it after all!

      Jackie Berdych
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  • Bianca Bradley

    Use a different colored thread. Maybe a blue, or something else. Look on the color wheel to see what the opposite is. It will still look good on the back as well.

    • Jackie

      Thanks Bianca. I think I have done too much to change threads. Sure wish I had stopped earlier on. I kept hoping it would stand out more. 🙂

      Jackie Berdych
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  • claudia w

    The border stands out around the lettering, I wonder if you could do something like that with the lettering and make it stand out better. Or as I read in another comment, go over the edge of the lettering with a darker color. It is a beautiful piece, please don’t give up on it!

  • Angie Nudge

    Give it your best shot and finish. I had the same problem but mine what white on white. I angled a lamp across the area where I was quilting so a shadow showed on the quilting and I could finally see where I had quilted. I kept looking at the back to encourage me to finish. Good luck! It looks beautiful

  • Malini Elumalai

    I would say give your best shot and finish it. I would hate to see all that hard work go in vain. The quilting looks fabulous on the muslin.

  • Rene’ Maloon

    I agree with most who say continue on, however, you could “paint” the thread with one of the new pens (pigma I think) that you want to “pop”. But definitely finish or it will just hover on the back of your mind.

  • Ann

    Pen painting sounds very interesting. I’ll look forward to your finish of this lovely quilt.

    • Jackie

      Thanks for stopping by Ann. I am still thinking of scrapping the entire project, though the encouragement everyone is providing has kept it waiting for me.

      Jackie Berdych
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