And, I started ripping out.
And, I quilted, and I ripped. And, I could not be happy. I even pulled Rob in, hoping he would disagree with me. But, alas he thought the same thing I did. It just was not working.
So, I went out in search of a new pattern. First, I went to one of my saved standbys, http://www.forestquilting.com/motifsfree/motifsfree_pg4.html, but I didn't really feel feathers. So, I tried http://www.thisbe.org/cheryl/Patterns.html and went down to the quilting motifs and checked out Designs by Vickie. There was some great stuff there. And, I checked out Patsy Thompson and found exactly what I was looking for in the flowers section.
First, I doodled it. I doodled it during a meeting and I doodled it while I was waiting for Sydney at the dentists office. I doodled it over some notes from the office and after my first photo, realized there were phone numbers in the picture. That could get me in trouble.
And, then I practiced it on my practice sandwich, keeping in mind that I was working along a narrow sashing.
And, then I quilted my new leaves into the quilt.
And, below is what I took out. It looks nice, but it's too busy. And, if you go back up to my practice sandwich, there's a line of ferns and flowers at the top that I tried and pulled the other day. If I filled the space like I needed to, both were overpowering and the lines were too regimented and drew attention away from the piecing. Not what I want to do. But, the more random leafy pattern above fills it in perfectly. Not too much. Just enough.
So, a word about ripping out quilting. Normally, when I pull thread, I try to pull the longest length of thread I can, slipping out the stitches until the thread breaks. That is a fine way to pull straight line stitching with the seam ripper. But, when I pull quilting that way, I invariably pull a single thread from the fabric and end up with a white line. Don't want that. So, instead, I cut every second or third stitch from the top and then flip it over and pull all the boobin thread out. I get a clean pull every time and if there's a spot where I paused and stitches built up, I can pull the thread from the back through those stitches instead of digging them out with a seam ripper to cut them. Below is what it looks like after you've cut every other stitch.
Okay. That's it for me today. Except one more word of advice. If you're going to FMQ, buy seam rippers every time they're on sale. I probably own 15 and yet I can never find one when I need it. I think Gremlins use them for manicures.