Quilting is progressing...I must have been out of my mind to think I would have it finished by April 28. One by one, I am working to do the outline and detail quilting of each block.
I have mixed feelings about hand quilting these blocks. When I was in the applique stage, I worked so hard to make them completely flat, like a fabric painting.
As I add hand quilting stitches around the rose petals, things change to a 3-dimensional world...the rose comes to life, which is neat, but the perfectionist in me misses the flat "painting." I almost feel like the totally "in-your-fac" quilting stitches distract from how hard I worked to make invisible applique stitches during block construction.
When I look at the roses from the side, I see the puffiness that the quilting causes. I have to remember that it is a quilt, with batting, the hand quilting is supposed to add definition and life.
Hand quilting the trombone block made the posies pop a little, which was fun (please excuse the crooked photo). I had reverse appliqued the posie centers, and I think that helped give the flowers some height.
What possessed me to make so many tiny leaves to outline?!
"Pop" go the posies!
I think the outline quilting helped to make the skinny trombone more prominent.
I let the flower jar print dictate how I quilted it.
Quilting between the "ridges" on the column pedestal deepened the feeling of actual grooves.
The clarinet block is done too.
Unlike the trombone block leaves, these are big enough to do a little quilting on them.
Weasley doesn't fit in this particular quilting hoop. I wasn't fast enough in getting the camera while he was trying, bless his little kitty heart. He had to settle for beside the frame. It was hilarious to see!