I loaded my scrappy back onto the machine, added a layer of wool batting, then gently loaded Buttonwood on to the quilting machine. Here are the results so far. Lots of crosshatching and feathers (my favorites) along with lots of stitching in the ditch (my least favorite of all!)
Stitching in the ditch is so boring and doesn't give me a change to be creative with free motion fun. Plus, I find stitching in the ditch quite hard to do. I use a ruler and I still can't stay in that ditch.
This feather and cable border may need an additional something added in the area between the cable and the sashing. The crosshatching in the sashing anchors the area (sorry I don't have a picture of it.) I'll have to determine when I take the quilt off the machine if I should add an additional loop of cable. It's funny how pictures tell you more about your quilt than looking at the actual quilt in person!
I almost didn't quilt the cable and feather in the border because I knew it would take so much additional time. But when I thought about it, this was not the time to rush through the final stage of this quilt. What's an additional four hours of marking and stitching when you've spent weeks creating the entire quilt. I intentionally used this tone-on-tone brown in the border just to showcase the quilting. Now I'm glad I stuck with my original plan. One border down, three more to go!
I'm filling in at the shop today, but I will be home in time to watch the Superbowl. The closed sign is going out promptly at 3pm so I can be home in time for the 3:30 kickoff. So, if any of you come to the shop today, shop early, buy a ton of fabric, then go home and watch the game!