Now that the top for Dizzy Dresdens is done, there’s nothing left to do but get quilting! I’ve finished up the center of the quilt and I’m pretty darn happy with the results.
Funny, but true story – In my quest to find the most comfortable and dog hair free place to baste this quilt, I started in a room that had a textured carpet. Now I know, the smart readers are already groaning and rolling their eyes, “What is she thinking?” Honestly, I don’t know. I guess I thought I was going to outsmart the carpet with some painters tape and patience. What a disaster! The carpet actually “ate” two inches all around and the back appeared to be smaller than the front despite the fact I had measured it with extra. I was so mad! I couldn’t figure out what I had done wrong. I dragged her down to the hardwood floor and tried again – magic – two inches were back! Lesson to self – don’t be pig headed, sometimes going your own way doesn’t work!
Once I was happy with the basting, I started quilting right smack in the center with the little center medallion.
Complete! I drew some “radiant lines” (completely made up term to describe lines like a sun) with a sewline pencil. I kind of wish I had taken the time to measure it out better, possibly with Photoshop, but I’m ok with the end result.
Once I had finished up the center, I tackled the dresdens. I used the same shell shape (another made up term to describe the fill I used in the circles) from the center medallion in the centers of the dresdens. I can honestly say, this is the only part of the quilt I’m disappointed with myself. I had thought and thought of ways to work with the spiral shape of the stripes, but ultimately wussed out and used a stipple because I know how and felt like I didn’t risk too many mistakes with it. I sure wish I had gone for the more complicated texture.
The upside of the stippling? I love the way everything came together on the back side!
I’m planning on doing something I think is quite unexpected for the white sections, I do hope you’ll come back by and check it out. I think it is going to be pretty cool indeed!
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