I know, it’s not 6/20/07 anymore (at least not in my part of the world), but it was too dark to get a decent picture of my needle doodle last night. I have a cool flower to thread-draw, but it closed up on me. So I cheated.
I followed the lines of a big floral print and then filled in with “bubbles.” I like bubbles, but I must say, they use up a lot of thread. Speaking of which, since I did this from the back, my foreground color was in the bobbin, which promptly ran out before I could finish. I was too lazy to load another bobbin with heavier thread, so I used a medium weight. Doesn’t look great, but I liked the exercise of following the lines for the main motif, and then free-motioning the background. (Sort of opposite of the last one where I free motioned the poppy and then used a grid as the basis for the background texture.) I could totally see marking a quilt with a main motif and then filling in with whatever. I might even be tempted to use a blue washout marker. Those scare me though. I fear that they won’t wash out, or the color will come back. Or both. Nadine assures me that she’s had no problems; and I have an issue of Quilter’s Home that reviews marking tools and recommends one of the pens. I’ll have to get one and play.
Back to the bubbles. What’s the general consensus on this pattern? Do people like to see that you retrace your lines perfectly when you have to go around a circle a second time, or is an overall pleasing pattern enough? I like a bit of variety in the size of the individual circles, but an evenness overall — no clumps of extra big bubbles on one side and clumps of little ones somewhere else. I like most of the bubbles to connect, but I’m not normally a stickler for all of them touching on all edges. Should I be? I suppose tiny bubbles like these can get away with being a little looser, while big (between a quarter and a golf ball size) bubbles would call for more precision. What do you think?