I finally finished the quilting on my blue practice quilt.
It ended up about 36" x 48". which is the size of the competition quilt I will be working on. I wanted to get used to working with something that bulky, and see if I could end up with a back that looks neat.
It worked. Although I have quilted my bargellos that size and larger, the quilting on them was much simpler - just curved lines that followed the curve of the bargello design.
But this is quilted on every inch. I enjoyed it, and learned the importance of being patient and steady. It is far from perfect, but the practice on something "real" was necessary.
When I went to see Juanita Yeager's quilts last week, she talked about her quilting process, and it was interesting for me to hear a great quilt artist like Juanita talk about the role of quilting on her prize-winning pieces, and also how judging quilting has changed aver the years.
Now I just have to put facing on it, and decide if I want to hang it somewhere in my house.
Now that I am back at the Museum volunteering, I can take hand work with me, and if things get slow, I can do a little sewing. It helps the time pass between jobs. Can't do that on a "real" job
My next two projects are to finish my second silk heron, and work on another little clothesline miniature.
One technical question to anyone out there:
I bought some double-eyed needles to use in thread-painting, and wonder if there are any techniques that I need to know. I haven't been able to find much on line about their use.