I mounted the quilt on the longarm and got busy stitching. The thread colours I considered for this project were black, red, and pale green. I selected the green because I didn't want the stitching to detract from the points on the star blocks, and I was sure it would "fade" into the poppy print.
Well, folks, I was wrong. Dead wrong. After making the first pass across the top, and starting back on the second pass, the thread broke.
When using groovy boards (as I was in this case), you stand behind the machine - and you really don't see the first pass very well from that position because it's hidden behind the top leader bar. So when the thread broke, I walked around to the front and saw what was happening:
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I was just SICK.
This quilt is for my friend Anna - who loves poppies. The poppies are the whole point to this quilt, and that light green thread was just overpowering them.
When I selected that thread, I pulled a foot-long strand off the spool and laid it across the quilt - one strand in a single line. It looked pretty good that way. What I SHOULD have done is what you see below:
So, OK - what does red thread look like?
So, yeah. A painful lesson. I had no choice but to pick out the quilting I'd done so far. I couldn't keep going with the green, it was wrecking Anna's quilt! Oh... painful. It took 25 minutes to do the quilting, just over 4 hours to pick it out. Fortunately, the fabric is high-quality cotton calico. There are no marks left on it after the unpicking.