Workshop in Progress: Thread Color & Quilting Design?
I'm linking up to Cheryl's Workshop in Progress on Naptime Quilter. I love to quilt, but I don't love the actual quilting . . . I never feel confident in choosing thread color and design. And frankly, I don't practice enough for my quilting to ever look good to me. I always have to remind myself of my mother's mantra, "It looks good from the stage." In other words, no one is ever going to see my tiny mistakes.
Anyway, here's my workshop delimma. I made the red quilt just for fun (based on Amy's "Chain Linked" pattern from Diary of a Quilter) and loved it so much that I decided to make my baby's quilt from the same pattern.
Here's how I've done the quilting on the red quilt. Straight line quilting outlining the shape of the optical illusion and around each square. I'm thinking of adding another "set" of squares inside each square too (in fact, convinced that I will.) I find this process rather tedious . . . stop and turn at each corner, but I do like how it looks.
So my question is, should I use the same pattern on Joe's quilt? The back is a bit busy (shown below). Or should I just stipple all over (to accomodate the back and to get it done faster)? Either way, what thread color should I use? My instinct is to take the time to straight line quilt it with a dark brown thread, but wonder if I should switch to a light blue thread on the light blue parts. If I stipple, would a dark brown work, or should I try for a lighter brown?