Sunday, February 25, 2007
The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
On the GOOD side
The pattern is easy -- thanks Jan.
It went together quickly.
My binding is great and hand stitched.
The back is a nice design.
I used up my hand dyed fabrics, the ones I dyed myself and could never trust not to bleed, so I paired them with a black background.
I had LOTS of machine quilting practice and I made pretty good swirls with almost-even stitches.
TOO many stars
Too much color
Too many designs in the stars
Black is difficult to see when machine quilting - I kept losing my place.
Black stitches on the many-colored stars. (I'm not sure what else I could have used but ... maybe invisible thread?)
I bet this fades the first time it's washed.
OK, we all have some quilts we like less than others, and this one is my current UN-favorite. But it's done. And I'll bet there are folks you would love it! AND, I am a true believer that we learn from our mistakes - boy, I should be getting pretty learn-ed!
However, the pattern is good, it was my strategy that was not the best for me.
This starts with a star, made up of 9 equal-sized squares. Then, the star points are all free-form, quick corners. That's all there is to it - a great idea. I pushed the limits and added sashing, about 2 inches wide, and made quick corners at each end of the sashing, so that made ANOTHER star. Then I couldn't leave well enough alone, and decided the center of ALL the stars needed to be fussied up more. And since I had 9 colors, I wanted to use them ALL, in most of the stars. End result is overkill.
However, wouldn't this be cute in softer colors? and not so many colors? and not so many unique centers?