When I used to teach beginner longarm quilting I had a saying that I hoped would give the new quilters the confidence to jump in and quilt anything. So many new longarm owners are afraid to quilt once they get their machines so I would say to them over and over:
Ugly quilting, done consistently, looks great.
Repetition is the secret to "hiding" mistakes or bad designs. Repeat that bad design enough and it looks intention and creates it's own pattern.
Well, I got to test that out for myself again this week!
On this quilt I wanted to mimic the ribbon design but what I really meant to do was the ribbon meander. Instead I quilted the first pass with large loops and then realized my mistake. You can't ribbon meander a loop! Well, I do not ever take out quilting on veterans quilts. My goal with them is to quilt as many as possible so we can cover more veterans. I decided to ribbon the loops by going outside of each loop. Close up it's kind of a mess but from far away it looks like an intentional pattern. It's not my best work but it's OK.
This is what I intended to do on the first one!
This one is pieced with squares so that almost always means a wavy cross hatch for me. I quilted this quilt in about an hour.
In my quest to finish a lot fof quilts over the next week or so, I'm going to be doing a lot of ribbon meanders!
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.