Finally " The Butterfly Enclosure, " quilt top is finished. Although it has been raining, in desperation to get a photo of the whole thing, I dried the clothesline wire and pegged the quilt up there.( it is a large single bed size )
Now I have a few decisions to make. Do I want to quilt it myself, ( by hand or by machine ) or shall I have it professionally done? Thinking; thinking.
The journey making this quilt has taught me quite a few things worth remembering.
* Sometimes just using up scraps or fabrics and cotton in my cupboard may not be the best solution.
*Don't buy pictorial or semi pictorial fabrics in charm packs or small sizes just cause you think they look nice. ( Right from thre start with the squares used in the centres of the big styalised butterflies these fabrics did not play nicely together - they are still the part I don't like! - I should have cut them up! ) ( This was the 3rd time I tried to use them up. )
* Always put stabilizer under any single layer of fabric where you are trying to use a fancy stitch on the machine.
* The adage measure twice ( or more ) and cut once....or measure twice and sew once , is true.
* If you don't like how it is sitting now it won't get better - fix it straight away.
* I have a natural sense of colour, so if I don't really like certain colours together don't put them together - I'll wish I hadn't.
Thank goodness I'm a finisher or this could have lurked in the cupboard as a UFO forever more.( do you get the idea I am very pleased to say the word finished? )
Maybe that last one, has helped me decide about the quilting.