The "Eulean" is now quilted and ready to board! (it's a family name pronounced "you lean," which is what you do in a small sailboat...get it? giggle-giggle). I love it when the fabric tells me how to hand quilt something...less marking and brainstorming on MY part!
We are getting down to the nitty gritty now...filling in lawns and fussy little places on the houses....and all those tight little background spaces between other appliqued shapes.
Depending on the fabric, the hand quilting is either "in your face" or impossible to detect. I quilted random tile shapes on the roof above and it is completely hidden by the fabric. Then I filled the lawn below and it really shows up (the flash on my camera makes it seem more noticeable than it really is).
I still need to go through the whole quilt with a damp cloth and rub away all my chalk marks. I quilted a little heart on the dog's haunch to match the grassy area...
I was having a hard time trying to think of something to fill in the shrubs with, then I decided on half daisies.
I love quilting hearts...
Oooo! I'm getting excited because I'm getting close to finishing the quilting. Weirdly enough, that also makes me sad. It has been a great project to work on. I've decided to quilt addresses of places I've lived in the skinny "road" border, under the houses. We'll see if I can remember all those addresses!
I am so touched by the calls for donated quilts to send to Japan...I want to see what I can do over the weekend to finish a couple of tops that can be machine quilted next week to be sent. A quilt is the first thing I think of when I need to be comforted...either to work on or to wrap up inside.