I had a very busy weekend last weekend as I finally summoned up the courage to start quilting the quilt I am making for a friend. Before I put needle to fabric on the actual quilt, I had one last practice session. This time I pieced together some fabrics which are similar to the ones I have used in the quilt top, layered with batting and backing exactly the same as I would be using and I practised an all over 'swirls' pattern which is what I would be quilting.
It was a great exercise as I could get the tension on the machine all set up and, I also decided that the all over 'swirls' was a bit dense for the effect that I wanted, so in the actual quilt I adjusted the design to a more open one. When I was happy I was ready, I started on the real thing and I have quilted the centre panel. Here is a little peek for you.....
After all that quilting, I needed a little relaxation, so I hand embroidered the latest Splendid Sampler block. It is such a pretty block called 'Stitch Crazy' and was designed by Kathy Schmitz.
I used a variegated silk thread to complete the whole design.