I finally started quilting Grandma’s Garden. The big sticking point, honestly, was the thought that if I quilted it the way I wanted to, I’d have about a billion ends to weave in. So I finally resigned myself to having a frillion billion million ends to weave in, and moved forward. I’m doing a lot of feathers and fans within the flowers (with a different thread color for each part of the flower as appropriate – yellow, purple, green, blue, orange, pink, etc.). The background within the blocks is done in white. I’m still not sure what pattern to use in the outer border- ideally it would be some sort of feather pattern to complement the blocks. Well, no, in an ideal world I could snap my fingers and it would be done by elves.
I’ve also been plotting the next things on the horizon – when I heard that Bonnie Hunter was doing another mystery quilt without strings (which is my main sticking point with some of her stuff – I’ve come to learn I don’t like string piecing on foundations), I was intrigued. I originally pulled out some lime green, medium blue, pinks, and purples for it, but couldn’t really figure out where to use a quilt like that, other than for my daughter who already has a bunch of quilts for her bed. So I’m going Christmas-y and will upsize the pattern a bit to make it king size and give it to my in-laws for Christmas next year. Here’s what those fabrics look like.
I’ve also been figuring out the applique center for the last Star Wars quilt – it’s a Millennium Falcon leaping into hyper-space.