Just got my contributor's copy of the September 2009 issue of American Quilter and my article "Auditioning Your Quilt Design" (page 62) looks great! In the article I explain two methods for auditioning the quilting design on paper before you commit to needle and thread.
Another tip for folks who might still feel a little nervous about committing to needle and thread: Do the first bit of your quilting with water-soluble thread (no, I did not get paid to add this link--Superior Threads is just great to work with).
- If you like it, go over it with regular thread then dissolve the water-soluble thread.
- If you don't like it, dissolve the water soluble thread, dry the quilt overnight, and try again in the morning.
This avoids tedious ripping and gives you the freedom to experiment with something new and perhaps unusual for you.