Every night around 9 pm, I stop whatever I am doing and take my usual place on the couch and hand-quilt for an hour or two. It isn’t a lot of time, but it sure adds up and I am making some steady progress on Sue Garman’s “Bouquets for a New Day”.
The block I am working on needed a bit of extra-special quilting. The cross-hatching in the background causes anything that isn’t quilted to puff out and look baggy…like the vase.
I am using beige quilting thread for the background. When I am quilting on top of a shape, I like to match the color of the thread to the color of the fabric. If I can’t find the color I am looking for in Dual-Duty quilt thread or YLI quilt thread, I use Mettler 40 weight, which is a machine quilting or hand-quilting weight thread. Mettler 40 weight does not have a coating on it like true hand-quilting thread. So, to make the thread glide through the fabric easier and to protect it from knotting and shredding, I use Thread Heaven.
First I quilted around each point of the star, and then surrounded it with Echo Quilting.
And here is the finished block!
Til next time…