Today is What's Leah Working On Wednesday so let's check out what's going on in the studio right now:
I really thought I'd learned my lesson about thread by now, but apparently I haven't. The thread color you use over the surface of a quilt is pretty important, and if you quilt as densely as I do, your thread color can show up as much, if not more than the fabric colors.
I knew this, but I got in a hurry working on the background landscape of Hot Cast and decided to just go with the green thread I had in my stash.
The transition from light to medium shades was just about perfect, but suddenly things got too dark, too quickly.
I thought about leaving it, but all I had left for green thread was dark, darker, and darkest and they wouldn't have contrasted from one another at all. Essentially the bottom half of the landscape would have ended up looking like one big green hill, and I wasn't having it.
So here comes the ripper!
I ripped out green thread for about 8 hours to remove those offending hills. As I said in the video, free motion quilting stitches are generally smaller than regular stitches and can be a real pain to rip out.
These hills were a lot easier to rip out because they were just curvy lines. Had this been filled with Microstippling or Paisley, I'd definitely still be ripping them out today.
I was using Alex Anderson's 4-in-1 tool, which has a super tiny, super sharp seam ripper on one end and was perfect for removing the stitches quickly.
So last night I finished up ripping and here's what those hills look like now:
Yes, there are definite signs that it's been stitched and ripped, but this should be fixed when I stitch over it again, this time with the correct color thread.
I'm also going to try to ease some of the bagginess showing up in this area more evenly so I don't end up with lumpy pleats towards the bottom. Quilting densely does this sometimes, so you just have to figure out a way to deal with it.
I'm hoping to finish up this landscape section today and possibly get up to the sky area, or move into the columns. Stitching this much Landscape Stitch over this section has gotten really boring and I'm ready for something new!
Let's go Quilt!