|Diagonal Hearts by Ilene Atkins|
I didn't really know what I was doing with tension on the backing when I did the quilt sandwich for this one. So when I laid down the diagonal quilt lines along those rows of hearts, I had a lot of puckers on the back. At the time, I didn't know how to fix it, and I became discouraged and put it away. That was about 5 years ago! I make a better quilt sandwich now, by the way!
In this year's finishing frenzy, I decided this summer to pull it out and face whatever music there was to be faced. I thought it was worth salvaging, and figured I now had enough experience to work out any kinks. I painstakingly took out a lot of that quilting, worked in all the puckers, and then finished up with what I had started. It's okay as long as you don't look too closely at the back!
|Diagonal Hearts, detail by Ilene Atkins|
When I first started to do my quilting, I did a lot of straight lines with my walking foot, and filled in with stippling, so that's what I continued with. I've branched out from stippling since then, so I added some free-motion hearts in the spaces between the hearts.
This quilt has been a long time from start to finish, and I'm so glad it's now on the finish list. I hope you like it, too.