Anyway, back to the quilt. Usually I filler my quilts to death but at the urging of the instructor Gloria I decided to keep the quilting simple this time. She suggested that by varying the thread/quilting weight, the spacing of quilting lines, and the thread color, one could use the quilting to enhance/preserve perspective in the landscape. I attempted that here, and I think it worked fairly well. It was really hard to resist going back and filling in, but I did.
On a side note, the quilting quality isn't great (in terms of stitch length, jerkiness etc.). It had been about a month since I quilted anything and I'm amazed at how quickly my proficiency drops off without regular practice. I especially noticed it on this quilt since the quilting was looser (and therefore much harder) than what I usually do. Once again, I note to myself that I should practice on a sandwich every time I start something new. Sigh.
Anyway, things to note: on the mountains, I started off in the foreground with bright green 40 wt thread and stitched the contours several times with far apart lines (I didn't have any 30 wt or 12 wt in the right colors or I probably would have tried it). As I moved into the background, I used 40 wt thread with only one pass, 50 wt. thread, and then 100 wt thread. In addition, I tried to make the lines closer together, and the thread colors less vibrant as the hills moved backwards. In the sky, I tried to match the thread color to the fabric, using several different shades of blue and increasing the spacing as you go up.
As you see it now, I've finished the quilting and squared up the top, but haven't bound/faced it yet. This is for three reasons.
1. I can't decide if I should crop it- I've contemplated cropping a couple inches off of the right side so that the peak isn't so centered, but I kind of like that right side and I haven't made up my mind yet.
2. I can't decide if it needs something else. I'm not sure what the else would be, but all I know is that I like this but don't love it, and I'm not sure why.
3. This quilt, the orchard quilt (in progress below) and the llama quilt (not yet started) were originally supposed to be all one piece with the orchard and llama inset into the mountain. I decided against that, but as I work on the orchard (and look at the pictures of the llama in the snow), they still feel like they fit together in my brain. All three have the same color scheme- dark greens and browns with blue skies and bright snow, and they feel thematically linked to my home, going from the close-up llama-from-the-backyard, to the orchard spreading out across the property, to the mountain in the near distance. I can't decide if they should be somehow linked together into one piece (again, not sure how I'd approach that), or just hang as a grouping. I may not decide on this until I have all three done, but I don't want to cut off any options.