Hubby let me get a new toy as a birthday present and I got to play with it today. It's a piece of software called Quilters Light Box and I saw it demonstrated at a class I had last weekend. It allows you to take a picture of the top you're going to quilt and then lay the quilting designs over top of it and change the colors of the lines so you can decide on the best design and best thread color. It's not 100% accurate but it gives you a really good idea how things will look. This is something I have a hard time with. I haven't had enough experience quilting to really know what something is going to look like, until it's all done. Sometimes it looks like I wanted, sometimes it's better than I wanted and sometimes I put that in a stack never to be seen again as it is nothing like I wanted.
Well today I used QLB on my Thanksgiving/Fall Wall Hanging. I would have never picked this quilting design if I wasn't able to see it first using QLB and I never would have picked gold for the thread color -- I was planning to use dark brown. But I really like the results and am so happy I gave this design a shot -- I was actually just playing and picking somewhat random blocks to try out on the quilt. Below is a photo of what QLB showed me and a photo of the actual wall hanging all quilted. And some closeups of the actual quilting. Still needs binding to be done -- but that's for another day. I need to go play with the table topper on my QLB and pick a design for it.