This is a quilt that I made years ago for our son's girlfriend (who I'm happy to say is now my daughter-in-law and mother of our only grandchild). With most any quilt, there are factors that make it special (at least to the quilt maker). In the case of this quilt there are two:
- She was working with leaf cutter ants as part of her PhD in microbiology. Thus, the ant fabric was the genesis for what other fabrics would be used.
- I paper pieced the Canadian maple leaf on the back. I can't remember how many pieces are in this but I wanted to honor her with a special label. I will not do this again although I'm sure there is an easier pattern out there. This is not my forte!
The dilemma is this. I did not have easy access to a long arm machine at the time and quilted it on my Bernina. I did straight line quilting about an inch apart and changed directions periodically for interest. But, all stitching was on the diagonal. I really liked the look of it.
Now, several years later (8 to be exact) and after lots of use, the quilting stitching is breaking. A lot. I have the quilt in my possession and was going to repair it but was startled to find more than 30 breaks that range from 1'-1.5" to 3"-4". And I suspect there are more -- this is black thread on a lot of black fabric and hard to see.
So -- I can only see two options:
1. I can fix the black linear stitching like I had planned.
The good, bad, and ugly are: I can do it pretty quickly; it will keep the linear stitching; and it will probably continue to rip out over time when the quilt is used. So -- basically, it's fast and nothing else changes. Essentially, a band-aid.
2. I can put the quilt on Lola and quilt it with a more 'fluid" design in a different color thread and pick out the black stitching.
The good, bad, and ugly are: It will take longer; the linear "look" will be gone once I take out the black stitching; and it will be more secure with stitching going in lots of directions. Essentially, surgery.
At the heart of the matter (I think) is whether the quilt is worthy of being saved. It's not a show quilt and certainly not fancy. It gets lots of use in a home that appreciates and loves my quilts and it's not the only quilt they have. My son and daughter-in-law are NO help. I mean NONE! I believe they would be happy with either. I am not happy with the fidelity of my stitching not being secure but I have never put a finished quilt on a long arm and then ripped stitching. I cannot figure out whether it's "worth" it or not. I am usually pretty decisive so being in limbo (or denial) is a new occurrence for me.
I welcome your thoughts and questions!
I hope you are finding time to create and not hamstrung by decisions!