Sunday, 27 March 2011

A Quilting Conundrum

I started quilting my bear paw quilt 3 months ago but I put it on pause because I wasn't happy with the way it was turning out. I started by quilting on every vertical and horizontal 2" strip but once I'd done them all (which was no easy feat on my little machine!) I didn't like the way it was looking.

I like the grid effect itself, which looks great from a distance, but when you look closer I'm not happy with the cream coloured thread that I've used.

I ordered some darker thread which has finally arrived but now I can't decide whether to unpick it all and try again with the new thread or just go with it and see how it turns out.

There are 14 lines which are 78" long and 18 lines which are 62" long giving a grand total of 2208" or 61 feet of quilting to be unpicked!!!

When you put it that way I think I'll just grit my teeth and go with it.


  1. I personally like the lighter thread from your oic. But I understand. I would just finish with the darker and then if you dont like the lighter pick it out. Why cause extra work if you dont have to.

  2. I read a blog once where the quilter wanted to pick it all out and blog land talked her out of it....the argument....just think of all the quilting that you could be doing when instead you'll be sitting there picking it out.

    Just a thought. It looks fine.

  3. I love the quilt! I think the lighter thread looks good. I'd sew a line with the matching thread and see if you like it that much more. If you do like it better then I would rip the light ones out. I have ripped out the quilting on whole quilt before. It is tedious but I was pleased with the results when I requilted it. You spend so much time piecing that you want it to be just right, with that said, sometimes it's not worth all that time. Especially if there are no big mistakes and it's only because of the color. :)