I have been struggling a bit with the quilting on my Storm at Sea, but finally think I have things figured out. When I load a quilt, I need a plan. That is just how I work. I read other bloggers who just start quilting, and get inspired and figure things out as they go, and I just can't imagine. I would love to do that. But what happens when your plan doesn't work, or you change your mind?
I started with SID work, so no decisions there. Then I started working on the brown diamond shapes. I had this design figured out early on, so was looking forward to stitching it.
Well, I like it, but not really. Or not really for this quilt, or not enough to do so very many of them like this. But, I really didn't want to pick out the ones I had already done. So, on to plan B, which I didn't have, but was working out on the fly. The diamonds I had already stitched were all along one outside edge. So, I could leave those as they are, and change the other diamonds. As long as I remember to stitch all the outside diamonds alike, I think it will all work together well. Here is my new diamond design.
I felt I needed to keep it similar, with the curved lines and general feel, but I like this one better. I am thinking of the pearls, or pebbles, as bubbles. Like under the sea, bubbles, and I am putting more bubbles in other areas of the quilt, so I think I am happy now. After several days of trying to get started, I now feel like I have actually started, if you know what I mean. Hopefully, things will go smoothly from now on.
And, again with the running. Each week is a new challenge, but since there are times I repeat a week, I am now referring to the different challenges as levels. Anyway, I moved up to level three. I think I will stay here a week longer. All in all it is going well, and I think I am improving. Thanks to all of your encoutagement, it really helps.