I know I am not alone. The pattern is chosen, the fabric is pulled, the blocks are made, the applique is done, the top is completed and then it's time to MACHINE QUILT!!!
After 10 years of getting comfortable with machine quilting on my domestic, I realize that this part of quiltmaking kind of still scares me!! I just don't want to ruin all my hard work and it's so hard to rip out those stitches if I haven't chosen the right design. I've already auditioned lots of designs with an overlay and while I think I know what will look good, actually doing it is something else.
I am very confident of doing an all-over free hand design and I'm pretty sure that I can do a simple custom design on a simple patchwork block quilt. But this vine and leaves applique and all this open space absolutely stalls me. If I was hand quilting it would be no problem. But I already know my starts and stops skills leave so much to be desired.
So the basting is done and I've been staring at it for 5 days! I'm just waiting for the nerve to actually just start.
I've made a practice sandwich with some of the fabric to check my thread choices and then I'm going to just start.
Maybe tomorrow..... I do kind of have a deadline on this so it can't stay like this forever.
I'm off to work, have a great day,