I’ve been enjoying quilting Sandy Gervais’ panels. They are colorful and fun, and quilting adds some more whimsy to her designs. So I was excited to tackle the “Pumpkins Gone Wild” panel. I also wanted to perfect my paisley fills, so decided to use that as the background fill.
Here’s my advice — use a color that you can actually see! First of all, it was hard to tell where my design was as I was quilting. This means more neck strain and a less perfect result. However — most disappointing — you cannot see the quilting on the finished panel. That’s a couple of hours of work for absolutely no gain.
While I’m not a fan of variegated thread, generally, I think that this would have been the perfect use of it. Or at least a brown that was lighter in color and would have added depth to the marbled background. Oh well. Quilting is a learning process and I’m now adding “Do not match thread EXACTLY to background to my list” of things learned in 2012.