While yes, I had finalized the design, and yes, I'd printed it out large scale ready to get started, looking at it on my design wall I had to admit that there were aspects of the design that still bothered me.
|Seeing the quilt on a design wall really helps to put it all into perspective|
For this quilt, I'd really like to have the same experience so I began thinking of techniques I'd like to learn and take the time to master with this quilt.
Almost immediately I remembered Sharon Schamber and her tutorials on inset cording and loopy corded binding. These techniques are finicky, highly detailed, but they produce an incredible effect on the finished quilt.
|For this sample, I haven't worked hard to make the colors match or even finish all the loops.|
The finished technique is supposed to result in the quilt being see-through in these areas:
The second technique creates a loopy corded binding, and for this tutorial the DVD is extremely clear and easy to follow. Unfortunately the quilt I'm applying my cords to will have a curved binding, which is going to work a bit differently from the straight edged example quilt.
It will take some fiddling, but I plan to practice both techniques on a larger sample of the real quilting designs used in The Duchess Reigns.
This sample will also give me a chance to play with thread colors and fillers I plan to use on the real quilt. It might be time consuming and in the end the sample might wind up in the trash, but it pays to play on something small and reasonable before tackling the big quilt.
I'm off to learn something new and challenging today!