The hand quilting is progressing...hoop-full by hoop-full. I finally got around to cleaning up the scraps and snippets left over from basting the layers and realized I used a "Quilter's Dream Cotton - Select" batting remnant. I wanted the applique motifs to really "pop" prominently.
(Jill, was it you who asked about the batt? It was not a "Warm and Natural" batting remnant, as I first believed.) I have got to start stapling a label on my batting remnants...
I really like hand quilting with a "Request" weight batt...it is easier to make finer stitches. But now that I am using this thicker weight batt I am having to just do the best I can.
I have all the center squares and first stop border done, so now I am concentrating on the second and outer borders.
The center of the quilt (all blocks plus both skinny inner borders) is 1936 square inches to quilt.
The outer border alone is 1428 square inches.
I have learned not to get to excited about finishing the middle of a quilt because those outer borders encompass quite a bit of real estate themselves, LOL!
Not as close to the finish line as one would hope...
I have got to go back and do a little more decorative fill quilting on the larger applique motifs. Even though the green blouse, below, is only about 2.5 x 3 inches, it looks a little wild and crazy without some tiny motif stitched in there.
The background is so tight with the fill stitching...I don't like the overly puffy look of some of the larger applique pieces so I am trying to quilt them creatively. I like the surface of the quilt to be fairly uniform.
This is what I woke up to on Sunday morning. I know some of you are getting much worse right now, but this is definitely weird for Alabama in mid March. It was so weird to see the blooming daffodil clumps sticking out of the snow. We may get some more this week. My blueberry bushes were blooming last week. I hope the below freezing temps on Tuesday and Wednesday nights don't kill this year's berries!
Stay warm and stitch, all you snow birds!