It’s a Process…

Ombre Tulips – 23″ x 29″

Thinking ahead to the upcoming Sew Solid Sunday (Apr 13), I wanted to revisit Ombre Tulips from the last edition.

You may recall that I wasn’t very happy with the quilting on this little quilt when I finished it.  Several things persuaded me to go ahead and bind it and hang it up in my house.
1)  I wanted to do a hanging sleeve tutorial and this was the perfect sized quilt on which to do that;
2)  I have a blank bathroom wall that desperately needs a bit of spring;
3)  I did not want to have an almost finished quilt hanging around my sewing room taking up space and;
4)  The longer I’m a quilter and the more quilts I make, the more I realize that this is a process, not a destination.

To expand on this last point – I’m trying to improve my free motion quilting skills and just because they aren’t where I’d like them to be, I have decided not to be ashamed of that.  Would I enter this quilt in a show?  Definitely not!  However, it is worthy of hanging in my house and bringing a bit of Spring to an otherwise blank wall.

I’m linking up to Amanda Jean’s Finish It Up Friday – go check out all the other great finishes!

Hope to see you back here on Sunday for another Sew Solid Sunday!

  • Tina in Boston
    Posted at 04:59h, 20 April Reply

    It definitely is a process, and you learn with each quilt. I really love the play of colors in this quilt!

  • liz
    Posted at 01:33h, 14 April Reply

    I am not a perfectionist at all (recovered perfectionist, yes!) and when I look at my own quilts I think imperfectly done is MUCH MUCH better than perfectly sitting undone for lack of expertise. The only way we learn is by doing. and today, as I was quilting an art quilt for submission to our guild's bi-annual quilt show this autumn, I decided that I would embrace the uneven straight line stitching and submit it anyway. Polite term is organic straight line quilting, I believe…. 🙂

  • Jayne
    Posted at 13:19h, 13 April Reply

    I love this quilt! Loved it when I saw it the first time and still do…FMQ…To me anyone who does it gets a huge pat on the back regardless! One thing that I swear I will learn, but can never bring myself to do more of!

  • Anne
    Posted at 18:05h, 12 April Reply

    It's a very bright and cheery quilt for spring. Smaller projects definitely are the perfect place to get more FMQ practice in. If only I would do the same as you and quilt up my smaller projects maybe I'd not be so hesitant to do the quilting on larger quilts.

  • Kelly @ Sew With Kelly
    Posted at 20:00h, 11 April Reply

    We are definitely tougher on ourselves! I just see a fun, modern quilt – love the pinks!

  • Shauna
    Posted at 16:48h, 11 April Reply

    I think it is too cute!!! I know I am often harder on myself than anyone else. I'm sure that everyone who sees it will be impressed by the wonderful work you did on it.

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