|Freshly-quilted rings, with a simple echo pattern.|
Last Saturday, I was able to quilt the rings. This is such a nice size to work with, because it's not such a struggle to maneuver, and you can actually finish a step in a reasonable amount of time.
I decided to use a clear polyester thread with the walking foot to quilt the rings, with a cream cotton in the bobbin (on the backside). Even with the new batch of variegated threads I bought, nothing really seemed to work for all those oh-so-colorful rings. The clear thread keeps the emphasis on the rings and doesn't fight with the many colors.
|Here's a shot of a freshly stitched section against the window with the sun shining through the needle holes. The fabric will soon relax and fill in those spaces.|
Such an honor to be working on this quilt. Every single swatch of fabric is from my Aunt Rosita's scrap bin -- every bit used in some other quilt she'd made. I have a little photo of Rosita attached to my sewing machine (which was hers, as well). She's watching over me, offering guidance and encouragement. I can hear her saying, "Looks good, Kid!" "Aw, this is so wonderful." "Kayleigh's going to love it!" "Thank you so much for finishing it for me." [How's that for positive internal talk?] Thank you, Rosita.
|Here's a shot of the back to show off the quilted rings.|
My mom decided that we should give this quilt in June at the wedding shower, instead of August at the actual wedding. This way we have a better chance of explaining some things about it to the Bride and her Mother, neither of whom are quilters--yet.
Still left to do : the white spaces in between. I'll save that for a different weekend, as that requires some tracing and marking, and getting the stencil patterns to fit the spaces I need to quilt.