Although I only intended to stitch-in-the-ditch around all the squares in this quilt top, but after seeing the result, it seemed like the bigger squares looked too plain, so I decided to add a quilted circle to the center of each. I didn't have to go too far to find something to use for a template to make my circles. I just picked what was handy.
I am having a love/hate relationship with the batting I'm using. I bought an 80/20 cotton blend batting which specifically states on the package that it has a "wonderful drape", and it certainly does. It's also fairly easy to push through and around the throat space during quilting. But, the soft drape is likely due to the fact that there is no scrim to this batting, so it is slightly fragile and also VERY linty. So much lint that my black fabrics look grey. Thankfully, a quick brush with the lint brush removes the problem, but seriously, look at this picture of Before and After the lint brushing.
Would I use this batting again? Yes. I do love the way it allows for the quilt to drape. After the quilt is bound, and a good lint brushing is done, the lint will be gone and the resulting quilt will be very cuddly. I'm glad I bought a second package to use for the Coral Reef quilt I'll be quilting next. I just won't be wearing the black turtleneck this time when I quilt it.
- I divided this top into four sections that I quilted separately, and I'm in the process of working out how to attach them all together in a single quilt. There seem to be many schools of thought on exactly how to do this. I'm taking them all into consideration, and forging my own way. Is it a lot of extra work? Yes! However, I think the big difference is that it is not a struggle. If I had sewn all four pieces of the top together and then quilted it as a whole, I would have been struggling the whole way.
- When working with these larger pieces, quilter's pins are invaluable. The smaller common pins just wouldn't hack it.
I have a problem with tensing my shoulders when I machine quilt. In the past, a long session of quilting would have resulted in really sore muscles the next day, but this time? Not so much. It turns out that throwing a ball sixty million times to a dog who wants to play non-stop Fetch is good for building up the shoulders.
- Trying to make a post using bullets is a lot harder than it looks. Please ignore any inconsistencies. It's all about content, really, right?
Now back to quilting...