For many hours over the last 3 days I've been stippling this quilt. Although I am happy with the amount of practice I got, I did find that if I kept going without a break (sorry Helen, I did listen really), the work got messier the more tired I got.
I did however, achieve the look I wanted................
.................flattening out all the black areas really makes the colours and frames pop out.
I tried to keep to medium, small & micro stippling for different areas, but over the days it all sort of got mixed up. The 2" black patches inside the frames got micro-stippled, the black strips inside the frames were stippled small and the rest - sashing seams & around the stenciled motifs, medium size stipple.
I know that stippling is 'old hat' and that creative filler patterns are now the trend. I am new to this so stippling is new to me and I wanted to put some on my quilt. I like the process and I like the finished look, so 'phff't to trends and I'll stick to stippling for a while.
It wasn't difficult to unpick, but it was a stressing moment when I discovered what had happened.
The other issue was worse and I don't know how to correct it. After a bobbin change, I noticed the bobbin thread popping up to the top. I loosened the tension till I was happy, then continued sewing. I didn't check the back.............
The stitching is too small to unpick, but I'm concerned that leaving the loopy threads like that, the stitching will eventually unravel. Besides, it looks awful! Such a shame, it happened about 4 blocks from finishing and I'm really annoyed with myself. I was stitching with loud music playing and didn't notice any change in sound from the machine which normally would have warned me all was not well.
I'll continue on with the trimming and binding meanwhile, and hope I can get some info on what to do with this mess!