One of the most daunting aspects of becoming a longarm quilter was figuring out how to what design would enhance a quilt. I love bright colors and busy patterns, as well as the awesome variegated threads that are on the market. I had a simple Halloween quilt top and felt that this would be my chance to combine a great Halloween pantograph with some orange/brown/lime green thread.
Well … the finished quilt ended up being a disaster. First of all, I wanted this to be a quick project and the pieces are very large (up to 6 x 12″). The busy fabrics hide the pantograph, which is really cute black cats and pumpkins. The variegated thread does nothing to enhance the quilt; instead it is rather confusing.
I’m keeping this as a studio sample of what not to do. This would have been far better with a simple meander pattern and a single color thread. Just because we have the ability to create complex quilt designs, doesn’t mean that we have to do this on every quilt. Simple is sometimes better!