Sunday, March 27, 2011

Quilting Quandary

The kaleidoscopes have turned into a table runner.  I am getting ready to quilt it.  I have it layered and all ready to go. 

Except that now I am in a quandary.  
/ˈkwänd(ə)rē  Perplexity or uncertainty over what to do in a difficult situation.  

Difficult indeed!  I am in love with the way this table runner has turned out. So I don't want to mess it up.  Now I am frozen! 
What color thread do I quilt it with?  I don't know if you can see it, but there is a spool at the far end (top) of the picture that is a contender. 

See, I normally use a cream thread and let the quilting show.  But for this I don't want it to interfere with the kaleidoscopes and possibly steal focus. 

Oh! No!! Another quandary!!!
"how" will I quilt it?  (don't suggest ditch quilting as there are too many seams converging at the middle of each block.)
 My readers are so brilliant!  So, I am asking "What would YOU do if it were yours?" 
Oh yes, it doesn't really show in the picture but the ends of the runner are pointed if that matters in your "how to quilt it." 



GerryART said...

How 'bout echo quilting the hexies.

This is just beautiful, Gene.
You can do it. What ever your decision it'll be a fantastic topper.


Sherry said...

I love how it turned out. I can't help you but I can't wait to see it done. I have been looking for material so I can make a kaleidoscopes quilt one of the bloger help me with what kind of material to find but I have not been lucky but I know the right material will show up.

Miss Hillbilly said...

I love how this turned out. I am not a great quilter so I will leave this question for another. But I do really love it. I first loved art quilts and started there, now I do other types but you sure inspire me to go back to my art quilt roots!

Pokey said...

I vote for the blue, Gene. What if you follow around the octagons every inch out? that would help not adding to the thickness. :-}pokey

quiltmom anna said...

I would use the blue and quilt it in lines like a spider's web I think.
Its lovely Gene- I love kaleidoscope designs.
Warmest regards,

Pat said...

I go along with the echo the blue thread....and maybe just stitchig around the edges of one or two of the octagons in each large kaleidoscope. If not, I'd do stippling or meandering in the turquoise background areas and then would still go around the edges of some of the octagons in each hexagon. I'd definitely use the blue and not the cream (for the reason you mentioned...don't want to draw the eyes away from the kaleidoscopes). This is going to be an absoultely stunning table runner!!!

Stray Stitches (Linda G) said...

What about nylon thread? That way you wouldn't have to worry about any contrast. I think I would do the echo stitching like the others have suggested. I love the table runner!

Royce said...

I agree with the nylon - maybe in a smoke - they have it now that isn't as shiny. (Superior Threads). As for the pattern I see geometric shapes. Interlocking triangles? blocks? I sometimes take the photo into Photoshop and draw my quilting on a 3"x3" area to get a clear idea how it will look. Your great at following your heart with your art so I know you'll make a great decision, and can't wait to see.

Tangos Treasures said...

Ekkkkkk IDK!! LOL

Melissa ;-) said...

I think the blue for the blue field is definitely the way to go. And I agree with Gerry that straight lines might be better. But whatever you decide, it really is gorgeous!

Sarah said...

That is gorgeous!

Rhonda said...

Gene, you don't ask for much ..... LOL
I agree with using the nylon thread and I'd quilt some sore of a circular or celtic design ...... just sayin'

Barbara said...

Now, I know you are a quilter, so this suggestion will not be taken seriously, but to answer your question of what I would do with it -- I'd tie it to the back so the ties are all but invisible. There is so much going on in this design that I'd not want to add one stitch to it. It's perfect(!) as it is, and I can see why you love it so much!

IHaveANotion ~ Kelly Jackson said...

Well've done it again....another amazing piece of work...beautiful.

Quilting...I usually panic and e-mail Patsy Thompson...LOL. I'd say try the InvisiFil because it is so fine and it won't show as much...I'll send you a spool if you want me to. I'd want the design to take front stage and the quilting to be to speak. I think an all over simple design is what I'd do...but then again...remember...I'm the one always looking for help too :)


Pat S. said...
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Pat S. said...

(Sorry, reposted to correct a couple of typos!)

When there's a concern about the quilting distracting from the quilt, minimal and simple quilting is usually the best option.

Using thread to match the blue background, I'd reinforce the linear wheel shape of the blocks by quilting about 4 to 5 octagonal rings inside each block. Personally, I'd go for added interest by NOT making each block symmetrical nor making the rings a uniform distance apart.

I'd sew a straight line around the entire runner in the middle of the border, then add simple < (mountain peaks) where the blocks join and at the pointed ends of the runner. I think mountain peaks would enhance the American Indian theme of the quilt.

IMHO, I think the design can hold it's own and really doesn't "need" a lot of echo quilting. Start simple and if you decide it looks too minimal for your taste, you can always add more quilting.

Good luck, and I hope you share a photo of the quilt so we can see what you decide to do. :-)