So once the backing was prepped it was time to prepare for pin basting. I'll be using Hobb's 80/20 batting. Once interesting fact I just learned after many years of quilting is that batting has a right and wrong side. Who knew? Certainly not me! The side that is to face up (i.e. next to the quilt top) on the Hobb's batting is the knobbly side.
And so now the quilting can begin! I'm anchoring all the major seams with stitch in the ditch so that the entire quilt top inside the border is stabilized.
Then I'll quilt the border design and bind the quilt. You can read more about how I do this here. Finally I'll go back an quilt the details in the centre!
This is a rough sketch of what I'm considering quilting in the border. I think I'll quilt the spine with invisible thread and then go back with a pale pink thread to quilt the petals and I'll use a neutral colour of The Bottom Line for the filler design. I'm not crazy about the echoing so I may do one or three echoes and then micro stipple. I'll have to give it some thought.
I also used my technique for sneaky mitred corners and these are the leftover bits. There are four pairs of triangles. The border is made up of a 1" pink strip and two one inch strips sewn together make a 1 1/2" strip. The perfect size for my nine patch blocks! So I'll be chopping up these bits to make more nine patches.
And here is the first! I cut a 1 1/2" strip of the pink and white and then sub-cut it into four 1 1/2" squares. The block is set out on a flannel design square ready to be used as a leader and ender!
And how about a quick look in the garden?
Hens and Chicks getting ready to bloom
Ironweed and gentian
Species clematis going to seed
I was about to get some nice pictures of a young cardinal until it saw this!!!!
Until I post again, happy sewing!