hmmm....? somethin's fishy....

i took a couple hours yesterday and today to quilt my 'Clownin' Around' quilt and, honestly, i'm feeling that the quilting kindda ruined the quilt.

i liked the nice simple graphic of the fishy stripes and i feel the quilting ?cheapens? it. there's something wrong with it and i can't put my finger on it.

i'm thinking that 'literal' quilting isn't my personal style, and the quilting is very literal and that's throwing me off....

is it that i've just looked at it too long and have snow blindness towards it? thoughts? i'm not fishing for compliments, just honest criticism and critiques....

i'm going to put it aside and look at it later with fresh eyes....

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  1. I really like the quilting in the border. Maybe the quilting in the body is just too regimented for the loosy goosey stripes. I don't think it ruined the quilt by any means. With the scale quilting it reminds me of Nemo. Is that why you thought it was fishy?

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  2. Put it away for a bit or give it away. I think you have been looking at it too close and for too long. I'm pretty sick of my quilts by the time I'm finished with them, makes it easier to give them away. but set it aside for a week and you will love it again. It is such a fun and bright quilt, most people will not even see the quilting. I sometimes spend days trying to figure out what color of quilting thread to use. No one I've given a quilt to ever comments on the color of the tread. I think you've made a great quilt, and the quilting looks like scales, fits in with the fishy theme!!!!

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  3. Well, it depends on what you wanted the quilt to be I suppose. I rather like the quilting as I see it as a bright and happy snuggle quilt. Did you want it to be more arty? Or something else? It's such a happy quilt that I recommend that you make another and quilt it differently and see which you like better! :)

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  4. I don't think that the quilting "cheapens" it at all. However it does not reflect who "you" are. Shannon, you are whimsy, creative and you always think "outside the box" hence the fun idea of taking the clown fish (Nemo)idea and comming up with this cool idea for your quilt. But using clamshells for the quilting is perdictable for an "average" quilter, which you my friend are not (you are unique). I think that is why this is throwing you off and you aren't happy with the results. I would suggest that instead of looking at the quilt for inspiration on how to quilt it, you should sit down and watch Finding Nemo and find your inspiration in the movie and how it makes you feel. After all it must have sparked something in you to begin with, because you named your longarm "Nemo". I hope this helps-

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    1. I totally agree, it's such a great idea!

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  5. Well if the name of the quilt were "something fishy" I think the quilting would be just awesome, like fish scales. and the swirls in the water just awesome. But when I know the name is clowning around, I think more flamboyant and whimsical, nothing symmetrical. I certainly don't think the quilting "cheapened" the quilt at all. I personally love the quilting. But really I think "Fish" "Nemo" and even though he was a clown fish, he was still a pretty serious fish.

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  6. I think some of the others have nailed it pretty well... The blocks are whimsical and the quilting pattern is regular and rather staid. The disharmony between them is what might be throwing you. I love the blocks themselves. I am not in love with the border so much... It does not seem an integrated part of the whole, although I do like the swirly quilting in it.

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  7. I really like it. Fish scales and water, says it all. Suits the quilt perfectly!

    Edie

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  8. I like it too. Looks perfect to me.

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  9. These blocks are some of my favorite! I love the happiness and humor of this quilt! The waves in the border are perfect. The Nemo blocks need something whimsical ... something that would put a smile on your face ... like fish having fun in the water, or an "under the sea" picture ... something lots of fun :)

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  10. I actually like the fish scale quilting. Maybe what throws you off is that the quilting is uniform throughout the quilt? The close-up shot looks gorgeous, on the other picture I can't really see the quilting. I agree with Eden that I'm not sure about the border. I like the quilting on it, but somehow the color does not seem to compliment the quilt.

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  11. Rename the quilt "Clownfish" instead? I have to agree that the quilting looks nice, but the bubbles/scales are too symmetrical for you. The CC looks good in the border. Surprised you didn't do this all over...

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  12. I friggin love it! Every part of it.

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  13. I think it looks great! It reminds me of bubbles in different views and also fish scales. I think it really works with this quilt!

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  14. i'm just going to take a break and come back to it in a couple of weeks...and then we'll go from there
    :) thanks everyone

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  15. I think it is lovely, but know right where you are coming from. I've done the same thing in the past, which is why I take photos & draw on them with my Wacom Bamboo tablet, until I find a design I really love. It saves me the heart-ache. I think Vicki Welsh is right. If you really want it to be arty, use this one to snuggle under & do another a different way. Maybe you could make a smaller wall version to satisfy that creative itch! & draw on photos until you find what you really want.

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  16. I came across your blog looking for nemo fabric for an applique idea I have for a shirt I want my son to wear on our trip to Disney later this month. This fabric is exactly what I am looking for... where did you find it?!?!? I only need a foot x foot square to complete so I'm I can find it in small qty.

    In regards to your questioning the quilt, I like it. I think it is fun and you are clearly talented to do something like this!

    Thanks,
    Jordan

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    1. the fabric used in the quilt, the clown fish orange stripes, is not 'fabric'- it is pieced. i cut out white, black, and orange fabrics and sewed them together to mimic the pattern of a clown fish....sorry

      but if you want- i have plenty of the fabrics left over from the quilt, and the blocks were 12inches square, i would be happy to piece you a block for your son....anything for another Nemo fan. just email me, addie is over there -->

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