Thursday, 5 September 2013

Second guessing

Thanks so much for all the comment love on my last post - you guys are the best! Last night and today (my child free day) the epic sea horse quilting adventure has begun. I've started by quilting the turquoise/aqua part of the quilt top. I'm using one of the variegated threads from Tula Pink's beautiful collection for Aurifil. Alex sent me these earlier in the year, in return for promises of a review of the threads (which is coming once I've used a few more of them. Needless to say, they have not disappointed so far!)

I've decided to quilt each 'log' in a one of about eight different designs - but now I'm second guessing myself. I would love some honest feedback - is it too much? Or does it work? This is about five hours work, so I'm not all that keen to unpick it (argh!) - but I'm a bit worried it will look too busy with all the different motifs.  


In other news, I finally broke my Instagram virginity yesterday ;o) I can really see the appeal of it now - like so many of you said, it's a brilliant way to micro-blog. Rather than bombard you with quilty progress on my blog, I'll be sharing it over there.

Back to quilting this monster!

xx Jess



34 comments:

Elspeth Frost said...

OMG shrub! It is gorgeous! Its not too busy for my tastes, it complements the fabric beautifully. Can I have it???

Elspeth Frost said...

OMG shrub! It is gorgeous! Its not too busy for my tastes, it complements the fabric beautifully. Can I have it???

amy said...

it's seriously perfect!!!!! very tula pinky in quilting style :)

Jenelle said...

I really love the quilting you've done so far! It's a lot of work I'm sure, but the texture is so lovely and it matches the feel of the prints perfectly.

sharpie said...

DO NOT UNPICK! DO NOT UNPICK! Jess my friend, you appear to be temporarily blinded by your own brilliance. I'm sure it'll subside with a good night's rest ;)

Adrianne said...

I think it looks seriously awesome - all wavy and bubbly and lovely like being under water. I really don't think it's too busy, because the thread blends so beautifully with the blocks that you're just left with texture (gorgeous gorgeous texture). And I'm glad that is 5 hours work - I was wondering how on earth you quilted so quickly before I read that!

Alyce @ Blossom Heart Quilts said...

I can see why you would think it's too busy, but I think it adds to the charm! I still see an underwater scene each time I see the quilt, with the cool, light shallows and the dark depths. The quilting just adds the ebb and flow of the tides and the movement of the water and plants.

Newbie Jen said...

If you really aren't sure, just finish up the quilt in the same manner and send it too me. I think it is marvelous.

ChristaQuilts said...

Here's some more quilty love coming your way! This is absolutely fabulous!

I love all the different quilting. Yes it will take awhile but it's "sew" worth it!

capitolaquilter said...

no need for second guessing, your choices are spot on. loving the whole deal

Hilary @ Young Texan Mama said...

It looks amazing! I think you should go with it :)

Kelsey said...

Your quilting is absolutely stunning! Don't rip it out, I can't wait to see it all come together!

Nicky said...

Haha get over yourself Jess it is awesme as usual! Keep on going!

Willit Neverend said...

This looks amazingly amazing. This was an excellent choice for the blue blocks, as it truly looks like an underwater scene. If you are feeling like it is too much to do this all over (which, honestly, I couldn't tell you if continuing this all over would look perfect or like too much of a good thing), then maybe you could make the quilting less and less dense as you head out towards the darkest and lightest corners.

Kelly said...

Do not be picking that out, it looks fabulous!

Charlotte said...

definitely not too much - it's lovely!

Kristy @ Quiet Play said...

I agree with all of the above! Definitely don't unpick, definitely not too much, definitely envious of your FMQ talent (ok that part wasn't written above, that's just from me ;) )

Amira@littlemushroomcap said...

It look awesome! Keep it going. Will be lookong for you on instagram!

Jess @ Scrappy n Happy said...

It is awesome!

Amy Friend said...

I think it is beautiful-as usual, your quilting is perfection! If you are worried about it getting too busy, I wouldn't unpick, just go lighter/less varied in the quilting as you move to the outer corners of the quilt. It will appear planned that way.

Renee said...

It looks fantastic! I love that seahorse quilting in the upper left corner--but really all of it is awesome.

Ella said...

The circle based designs I LOVE. Reminds me of bubbles underwater. Don't pick this out!

Heather D. said...

You know how sometimes a quilt with a lot going on can benefit from a simple quilting design? Somehow I think that this one can actually benefit from crazy variety in the quilting! I think it looks fantastic, and you should absolutely not pick it out! :)

Lia*s Handmades said...

It's gorgeous and looks just perfect to me! Keep going please! :)

Katy Cameron said...

Loving where this is going!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

It looks incredible, don't touch that ripper! I don't IG so feel sad to miss out :(

Kirsten said...

Love it - your FMQ is amazing!

Leanne said...

It is stunning, I say carry on as you are.

Judy Murphy said...

The quilting is awesome!
A masterpiece in progress.
Love it.

Oops-Lah said...

I too think you are absolutely on the right track! It's already looking stunning and when it's finished it'll be an heirloom.

Rachaeldaisy said...

Keep going!!! your quilting is brilliant. like ripples and splashes in water. I've been wondering about instogram...

snips said...

Keep going, keep going, keep going!!! Don't even think about unpicking, it's way too fabulous!

Emma said...

Beautiful quilt and even better quilting! Stick with it!

Erin @ Why Not Sew? Quilts said...

I think it's gorgeous!