Remember this quilt that I haven't been working on? I finally made the backing and put this quilt on the quilting machine yesterday. I've had this quilt marked with blue, water soluble pen for the last month. I just couldn't bring myself to quilt it. I wasn't happy with my decision, so I removed all of the blue markings and started over with a clean slate. The 'clean slate' was refreshing and let me explore new quilting ideas. The crosshatching is just what the quilting doctor ordered to frame this block.
Once I changed my mind, I dove right in and love the results. Let me tell you, it takes longer to remove markings than it takes to put them there in the first place! The micro-stippling is going to drive me crazy, but as usual, I tend to make lots of work for myself. I found that I can sit on a tall stool while stippling which helps to alleviate back pain. The stool is an old one that my dad used in his workshop for years. Now it's getting a new life in my workshop/sweatshop and is just the perfect height.
In my absence over the past couple of days, I've been binding Party in the Garden. I just have to make the label, and this quilt is ready for Quilting in the Garden this weekend! For those of you lucky enough to attend the show, don't forget to stop by the In Between Stitches booth and check out all of the quilting goodies we've been preparing.
I'll be at my quilting machine for the next few days. It takes me 45 minutes per block - times 20 blocks, plus borders.....you do the math! But it will be worth every stitch.