So I need your input, peeps. I'm working on a quilt for us chez c+potion. It's been trickier than I thought because much like the wedding quilt for jenn and NIL, I have to strike the right balance between pretty for me, but not too girly for m. I may be dancing on that border with this.
My inspiration came from this Denyse Schmidt quilt:
Kinda sporty. Simple. I like the pop of the lime against the burgundy and cream.
So I shopped around for some fabric and decided on a red+mustard combo. The red print is a little japanese-y I think which I like:
The quilt looks a little simpler than I thought. Not sure if I like that. Don't know why since, duh, I was attracted to the Denyse Schmidt quilt for that reason: it is simple. Well anyways, I thought that maybe if I put in some quilting stitches in red, that would punch it up a little. Still too simple? Here's the detail:
Then as I was trying to fall asleep the other night, I had a light bulb moment and decided that I would do some sort of freestyle stitching instead of the straight lines. The freestyle stitching would be a bird/leaf/vine motif like so:
Detail of bird stitching:
I don't know. Am I overthinking it? Are the birds too darned cute? Should I just finish the damned thing and move on?
Oh and in other news, I got a new sewing machine. Last weekend. Another Kenmore for a Very reasonable price. I was feeling week and wanty and I really missed my machine. I have so many craft projects that are a no-go until I get a machine in my grubby little paws.
I gave up on my old machine that I'd shoved off to my co-worker for repairs. Since he was doing me a favor and all, I felt awkward pressuring him with status reports. I don't think he's had time. And truthfully, I'd pretty much written off ever seeing that machine running again. I'll have to ask him for it back so that I can at least re-use all the accessories. And dudes, can I just say that I am So stoked over Kenmore II? It seems that the mighty folks at Sears/Kenmore have made some improvements that I don't recall being a part of the previous model. There is a feed dog release, more stitch options (though that's not always a bonus) a SELF-THREADER?? Shazam! Time to put this puppy to work. Which is what I've been doing this week.
And that's why I need your input. Birds? Just straight stitches? Whaddaya think?
Oh, and on a personal note: I am recovering fine from my sinus surgery. Mostly fine. I am still congested but my surgeon says that this is to be expected. The worst part is that I can't sleep because I have to keep my head inclined. That's been tough. And tiring. My energy levels have been up and down (spent crafting when I'm feeling up - tee hee). But I took the week off of work to deal with it. It's just a waiting game from here on out. And a follow up appointment of course with the nice surgeon in a week and a half. In a few weeks, I may be writing a post to say goodbye to team snot-rag.
Now it's time for bed for this sicko.