Sorry I’ve disappeared on you, guys – I’ve been puzzling over the quilting on my orange peels and I’m SO STUCK. I can’t quite seem to move forward, although my beautiful quilt is draped over my sewing chair, all basted and waiting for me. Last time, I wrote about trialling quilting designs on photos – I’ve been doodling away for the last two weeks, and nothing I’ve sketched has really grabbed me yet! I feel like I’ll know it when I see it, you know?
The natural quilting pattern is to trace the peels, but I don’t want to do that on this one. Or to free motion something either in the peels or in the space between them, but there’s two problems there: first, I really don’t trust my FMQ skills just yet. I’ve barely even practiced, and my grouchy modern machine, Saul, isn’t really great with FMQ tension on a small project, let alone a ridiculously heavy large quilt. Second, although that sort of quilting would be really beautiful, I don’t think it would be me. I like simple lines, almost a minimalist look – especially in a case like this, with a fairly busy, ornate quilt.
I tend to really be drawn to a quilting pattern that is a straight line design, and isn’t at all related to the patchwork. I dunno why, that’s just how I roll! Here’s a few of my favorite doodles, the last two especially — but I’m still thinkin’. I’ve hand-stitched 196 peels for this quilt, dammit. I really need to get the finish just right.