Friday, March 13, 2015

Cheating, or not? Coloring the quilting.

 I thought I'd pop in and do a quick blog post on why the Feathered Christmas quilt isn't quite done.... (with apologies for not great pictures, but hey, its the first post in like a week)
 It's all because of those white stitched on the red squares.  You see, as I was doing the quilting, I thought, hey, no big deal.  It's stitched in the ditch and no one really cares.  However, I had been planning on 'fixing' a couple of white stitches in the center part that had accidentally bit into the applique.  So then I thought, why not color all the white stitches red????
 So I've been spending some time with a red sharpie and my quilt.  I can only do it when no one is around, because any bump will seriously mess things up.
 So, I just pull back the fabric and touch each stitch with the tip of the sharpie.  The thread sort of sucks the color up and voila - red stitches.  (see the opposite side of the square).

 Is it cheating?  I don't know.  I mean I could  have changed my thread for each block (yikes!) or I could have left it white....  but I'll tell you what, those red colored stitches sure make me happy.
  I totally plan on a finish post Monday.


Cassandra said...

I vote that coloring stitches is completely legit. I remember making an outfit for 4-H and having the judge suggest coloring the interfacing that showed a bit where it was cut for a buttonhole. I don't know how a quilt show judge would react, but I agree with you!

Mindy said...

I think it's a completely appropriate way to use your time wisely. It finishes the quilt to perfection with creativity and maintains the integrity of the piece. (...says the non-quilter, I know, but crafting is crafting, and sometimes we have to adjust our mindsets about perfection.)

Ethan and Moriah said...

Ha! Totally cheating and totally appropriate!! There's no way I would have changed my thread back and forth either. :o) it looks great though and you're entitled to do whatever you want on your own quilt.