I've had an off-and-on relationship with the quilting of Gone with the Wind. After waiting for a while for my niece to decide what design she wanted (from those I suggested) in the outer border, I lost my mojo for a while. The poor quilt languished on Lizzie.
But then came the *really* difficult part. The center pieced area of the quilt was made up of some very strange angles. If I hadn't made the top myself, I would swear that I'd never quilt anything pieced by "that person" again!
The light colored squares would get continuous curves. I like the look; they are easy to quilt.
But see all those the coral colored areas? Oh My Gosh. Those have been a continuing nightmare for me. I have been completely stymied for a design that looks nice, is (relatively) easy to quilt and goes with the rest of the quilting. I didn't want something that looked like "oh, she just stuck something in there".
That meant that I would necessarily need to change colors between the small squares with the continuous curves and a different thread color for the coral areas. Ugh .. I try to minimize the stops and starts because not only is it time-consuming but I tie and bury all the tails. Ugh.
I spent some quality time with Jack the Ripper and removed it.
This design: discarded
You can see that I drew several different styles of feathers. The ones to the right are stylized feathers.
I didn't choose any of the feathers; I think I actually forgot I had done them. whoops. :-(
What I ended up stitching was a loose loopy thing, sort of an expanded figure-8. Below is a picture of the actual stitching on the left and the same area with the stitching drawn in on the right. I deliberately chose a thread color that matched the coral fabric. You can't really see the quilting. I wanted that effect (or lack of it). There is so much going on in this quilt that I didn't want a quilting design in this area to be competing for attention. I just wanted a background fill sort of design. This quilting design flattens the area, which is also what I wanted; it will allow the other areas to puff up a bit.
See that triangular area? That's another problem area. I think I'm going to do a continuous curve in it also. The radiating lines I have in the other triangular areas would look exceeding odd is this isolated piece.
So, at this point, I believe I have all the areas to be quilted identified with what I'm going to put in them. It's been a *real* bear. Gosh, I never want to see this layout again!