I of course don't dislike Quilting as it defines the overall craft, but I am 99 3/4% certain that I don't really like the actual quilting of a quilt, be it by hand or machine. I am spending some time pondering this issue because I have a sneaking suspicion it's because I tend to rush that part of the process, don't plan it well and then allow myself to wallow in uncertainty OR barrel ahead and do a less than great job. So all may not be lost yet. I'm still ruminating over that one. It's just that by the time Quilting Time rolls around, I'm SO EAGER to have the project done that I rush it.
Speaking of quilting, here's my Very Hungry Caterpillar quilt top:
I've quilted in the ditch around all the borders, and I've delineated each of the three large motifs in the center panel by stitching just at the edge of the polka dotted areas.
Now what? I have my machine threaded with some variegated thread in a bright rainbow of colours, and I plan to do some free motion stuff in the butterfly - some basic thread painting to add some dimension to the wings. Same goes for the leaf and the caterpillar, but I will probably use my bright green thread for that. And then I will likely quilt some words from the story into the coloured borders: "one slice of chocolate cake, one ice cream cone..." etc. Wondering what colour thread to use for that - my rainbow variegated? Or the cream I used for the in-the-ditch quilting? Or something else?
Those polka dots can't stay unquilted, even though this bamboo batting says I can quilt up to 10" apart. The heavier quilting I'm doing on the motifs means I have to try to balance it out in the polka dots, right? Should I try a large pebble motif?
And what about the other two borders with the fruit and food fabrics? I could do a large stipple...I don't want to take away from the fabrics, though.