Maybe it's just a general fear that I could ruin a nice piece with an awful quilting design. We have all seen quilts improved and ruined by the final layer of quilting.
Eventually, I need to get over it because there is a deadline to meet. So, I take a deep breath and begin quilting, and the creativity begins to flow. And everything is fine . . . until the next quilt.
Ranell, who has a long arm quilting business. Fortunately, she doesn't have an issue sewing through anything.
Ranell had a great suggestion for me (and maybe you too) that set me and my quilting decisions free. She suggested that I use a piece of plexiglass to draw and audition quilting designs. I bought a 30 x 36" piece, taped the edges, placed it on top of the quilt, used a dry erase pen to draw / erase quilting lines until I was confident that the design would work.
I put paper behind the plexiglass so you could see the lines clearly.
What a concept! So simple and so effective. That's all it took to get me quilting and I haven't ripped out a single stitch. I've got a lot more quilting to do, but for me, the hardest part is getting started.
If you have a tip that helped you get over a hurdle you were having, please leave me a comment. I would love to hear from you. I hope I'm not the only one with an issue.