Another custom done…
The other day when my customer and her friend dropped off a fabulous Judy Niemeyer designed quilt, Paradise in Bloom, for me to quilt, I was asked would I leave it out to study it so I could decide what to do?
I’m not always comfortable answering this question. I don’t leave them out to look at them for even a minute. I have found I do my best with my back to the wall. I think what actually happens doing it this way is I don’t overthink something of such magnitude. I learned from my friend, Shirley Stutz, that to eat an elephant you do it one bite at a time. I know I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again. These huge projects would intimidate the heck out of me if I let myself agonize over it for days before it is ever in front of me to get done. The one bite at a time is the trick. Each area is not intimidating when I don’t think about the whole thing and what is left to do.
|Swirls are my favorite fill|
I paid more attention to my inner self as I quilted this one, since I had been asked if I thought about what goes on the quilt for a period of time beforehand. I know how I operate and I’ve told customers that I let the quilt speak to me, I thought I would listen to me in my head as I went through this one. I really do think some quilts speak. The words are really in my head. I’m not putting the thought in my brain consciously, but I hear the words.
|The little flying geese were my starting point|
One of the words that kept being in my head was the background fill of McTavishing for the flower petals. I resisted that word for days. To the second I started those petals I resisted McTavishing. I have not felt comfortable doing it before. I have to think really hard and make arcs that are equidistant and look like they are random. It has been hard before. But the word would not go away so I just started doing it! It looked fabulous. It was the perfect background for that petal. I’m glad I listened.
The place where I did stones was a no brainer. I wanted the little triangles to pop. I saved the little triangles till the very end and found my choice again to listen was perfect for what I wanted to happen.
|The long purple spikes did not speak until the last day|
The parts I save until the end are usually the parts that aren’t speaking loudly. The Judy quilts are challenging with so many points and spikes to deal with.
|The straight pin marks the inevitable spot I missed|
Another quilt is in the bag waiting for its owner to come claim it. I’m glad I am done. Tomorrow starts another custom that is not so difficult to think about. No spikes!