22 April 2007
The Trouble with the Garden Gate
For one thing, we had to use spray basting, outdoors of course, and it was a windy day. I have never been a big fan of spray basting and this just emphasized why I don't like it: the wind blew a lot of the spray away.
Now the concept of this was to stitch through all the layers so there wouldn't be any quilting lines and, therefore, detract from the overall picture. One small problem. See that big oval in the center? The one that the basting spray blew away ? Uh huh, it bubbled and pouched and sagged. You can kind of see it in the picture.
I actually went back onto this and, using DMC embroidery floss in the same colors and embroidered flowers on top of the printed flowers. This helped keep some of the sagging in check.
If I were to do this again, I would add a step by doing the appliqué first. I feel that the designer was trying to cut corners and it did not work. I definitely would NOT use the spray basting (I hate that junk). I would, in fact, do the extra step and quilt it.
And that is why you take classes.