The last time I checked the votes before starting the quilting, the results were about 50/50 with Spiral Square just a couple of votes ahead. It was interesting reading your responses about how you choose your designs and what you would or wouldn’t use. Maybe since I no longer quilt for others and 99.9% (or more) of the quilts I make are either for my own bed or for gifts to those who need them, I don’t stress a whole lot about quilting designs. I’ve been longarm quilting for 13 or 14 years and in the beginning, I spent way too much time trying to figure out what worked and what didn’t and, many times, second guessing my choices after the tops were quilted. There have been numerous times when I’ve seen quilters asking for help with designs and often I cringed at the suggestions because they were ideas I just thought would be horrible, but when I saw the finished quilt, it was beautiful. I’ve learned that what one quilter things looks horrible, another quilter things looks great.
On this quilt, I knew that either design would work fine and in the end, it would be beautiful. I truly didn’t care because Alfresco was the panto on top so I didn’t mind using it. Spiral Square was the next panto down . . I have a bad habit of stacking them instead of removing them and re-rolling them. Spiral Square will be used on my next quilt so I didn’t want to take it off the machine so either would have worked just fine for me.
For those who questioned the diagonal lines not lining up, the lines on the panto are curvy and not straight and, in my opinion, worked just fine on this top. Once it’s washed, the lines will blur and with shrinkage, this is going to be so pretty! In fact, I love it and am thinking I might want to make a larger one using the exact same colors and use it on our bed for a summer quilt. I’d use either Mountain Mist Rose batting or Hobbs Polydown if I were making this for a summer quilt.
The backing is as pretty as the front!
Maybe I’ll get the binding on it next week but for now, I’m going to load my brown Monochromatic Challenge quilt from last month and get it quilted.