Help Needed: Disaster?

About this time last year, my older sister Jessica graduated college. I promised I would make her a quilt. I made a very cute hand drawn quilt card with an IOU a quilt. A few months later probably June, we went to a local quilt shop searching for the perfect fabrics. The fabrics she chose were very pretty purples and pinks with a mix of traditional fabrics and batiks. A very muted color palette.

I began working on this quilt in the summer and these fabrics just brought down my mood. Does anyone else no that feeling? So much so that I went on to make my younger sister’s quilt instead. I kept putting of and putting off this quilt. Well I finished the top. And it looked really good. I basted it and began quilting. I still need to finish the quilting on this quilt but I just avoid it every time I enter my sewing space!

Photo Aug 20, 10 36 56 AM

Top of quilt basted with pins.

Quilted flower (back) I love this Jacobean floral print!

Quilted flower (back) I love this Jacobean floral print!

FMQ from quilt back. Bad idea?

FMQ from quilt back. Bad idea?

It’s a mess! I had never free motion quilted before. I practiced, practiced, practiced on 12″ sandwiches. I am at a loss. I quilted the back of the quilt and the front just doesn’t look good! I loved the trailing floral pattern so I thought it would be cool to quilt but now I feel I should just rip it all out and do simple, traditional straight line quilting. Thoughts?

White quilting shown on top. Too sloppy? Should I have quilted from the front? Change the color of the thread?

White quilting shown on top. Too sloppy? Should I have quilted from the front? Change the color of the thread?