There are at least seven quilt tops sitting in bins on my shelves, waiting to become full-fledged quilts. I was about to start working on yet another top, with the blue fabrics I shared in my last post, when the list of unfinished quilt tops started glaring at me from my bulletin board. I conceded that I could try to finish at least one before adding yet another to the queue.
On Wednesday I basted the quilt sandwich, pondering a quilting plan as I basted. Inspiration hadn't struck by the time I finished basting. The only way to move forward was to start stitching in the ditch and hope ideas would sprout as I moved the quilt under the needle.
Aren't these pretty fabrics? Sherry of Powered by Quilting sent them to me for a blog hop in June. These are from Plum Pudding, her latest signature collection from Island Batik. These are not my usual colors (or hers, I think) but they are so, so pretty, and it was fun to work with something a little different than my usual choices.
By Thursday evening I had finished stitching in the ditch with the walking foot. I could have done it with a straight ruler and my ruler foot, but these are large pieces so it was just as easy to use the walking foot.
Friday I got to work with paper and pencil to figure out what to quilt. I already had a plan for the background. That involves a lot of straight lines repeating some of the shapes in the quilt. I wanted something a bit more intricate to dress up large pieces of print fabric. Since I am drawing challenged, I thought some of my Westalee templates should come out to play to help me out in those spaces.
I stitched out he design in one block on Friday, then walked away. I thought I liked it, but I wasn't 100% certain. I needed to let it sit a bit and see how I felt about it in the morning.
The design doesn't show up well in the photo, especially on that busy (but pretty!) print. However, when I came down this morning and looked at it again, I liked it. It looks better in person.
The garden called me outside earlier, but I'll fire up the sewing machine after supper and see how much I can get quilted this evening. I would love to have a finished quilt by the middle of next week so I can move on to that new blue quilt project guilt-free!