Last night I was playing with my sweet Sweet Sixteen and wanted to make some progress on this quilt (scroll down to see the square quilt). I last posted when I was quilting the center, but I had no idea what to quilt in the border.
I do most of my thinking when I drive, and I have done a lot of driving in the last few weeks (New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey...). During those long drives, I finally figured out how I wanted to quilt the border.
Using my Handi Quilter Circle Templates, I stitched the spine for the feathers and then stitched the feathers. I used InvisiFil thread from WonderFil. It is a 100-weight polyester and quilts so beautifully!
I finished the border after 10pm last night and took a photo:
I wasn't sure if the quilt was done or not. There were a million questions running through my head:
- Was there enough visual interest in the border?
- Should I have used a contrasting thread?
- Should I restitch the spines and circles using a thicker contrasting thread?
My head was spinning with questions and I decided to imitate Scarlett O'Hara and think about it tomorrow.
Tomorrow is today.
This morning I woke up and hung the quilt outside on the laundry line to get a look at in in proper daylight.
Here is what the quilt looks like this morning:
Sometimes the proper light can make a world of difference.
I think the border is done. I am so glad I waited a day to make this decision. If I had added contrasting thread and didn't like it, it would have been a bear to un-stitch.
Now for the binding. Maybe I should add some piping? I'll think about that tomorrow.