I decided to go with straight lines – close in the sashing as I’d thought the other day, and in a sort checkerboard vertical-and-horizontal pattern in the blocks, as suggested by a friend. It was a very clever suggestion of hers, because the block layout is basically checkerboarded already. It should work very well. I haven’t decided how closely the blocks will be quilted, but I do prefer the feel of dense quilting over a looser, fluffy quilt.
I did consider free motion quilting and even did some practice, until I decided two things. 1.) I don’t actually like that all-over squiggling type of pattern, I’m not sure if that has a name. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying all those beautiful quilts with that sort of quilting aren’t amazing. I just don’t think it suits me that well. Maybe I’ll change if I get better at it, but I love other patterns like pebble quilting and feathers, so maybe it’s just not for me.
I did practice it anyway though, figuring it was as good as anything to get the feel of the free motion, and it’s … not the worst ever. Better than the first time I tried, that’s for sure. But that’s when I decided 2.) I’m just not ready to free motion a whole quilt yet, not one I’m afraid to mess up. Exhibit A:
What am I doing wrong that causes those spiky curves on the back? I first assumed it was tension, but a fiddle with the dial made no change, good or bad. Am I simply going too fast, do I just need to slow down and take the curves more steadily? I fully expect to have to practice this a lot to be any good at it, but learning new skills can be very frustrating when you don’t even know what to work on! I’ve got some dog blankets planned so that I can practice on something I’m not as attached to.
In the meantime, I’m SO very pleased with how my Mod Sampler is coming along. My gut said to go straight anyway, so there you go. I hope to have some time to continue over the weekend. (Though the development of a new knitting design may prohibit that, it depends how much progress I make on that today!) Photos when I’ve finished the quilting, of course!