I'm linking up to Fiona's New to Me today to share a glimpse of WIP.
Having accidentally created a monster of a quilt (you can see more in my previous post) my first attempts to machine quilt it were a disaster and resulted in much unpicking. Maybe the problem was the huge number of seams, and the stretch from the bias edges but I kept generating a wave of excess fabric in front of the needle and puckers were inevitable.
I've turned to hand quilting - I've done a tiny amount before on Emerald, but it was in a quite relaxed way as I wanted to use it to symbolise rough stone.
Proper hand quilting on a big quilt is totally new to me so I read Jo's tutorial and watched Sarah Fielke's tutorial and now this is the view of my lap today. A bit of Spotify in the background and some meditative stitching punctuated with the occasional rude word as I stick myself with the needle.
I'm using proper hand quilting thread (Gutterman) - that's another new to me and I like the slight stiffness of the thread which stops it from kinking and knotting up. My stitching is getting better as I go along, so please don't look at it too critically. Even if it's not perfect I love the way it is bringing the quilt to life.
Thank you Fiona for continuing to inspire us to get stuck in!