I have been working on the Christmas Table cloth quilt for the last few days.
I am using an 18″ hoop on this one, I have all sizes but for hand held hoops I like 18″ and 14″ because larger than that becomes difficult to hold.
The stitching and needle on this one are hard on the hands (love the look but it is hard work). So I decided to take a short break for that and get back to some “normal” quilting on the whole cloth quilt.
For this quilt I am using my hoop stand…the hoop is 22″ and I find that to be a good size (every quilter is different so what works for me might not work for you)
My plan for this is to get all of the quilting done that is marked and then I will go back and do a lot more quilting detail. The feathers will all get a second line of quilting around them, there will be some very tight stippling in the center in the spaces between the feathers, and I will add a lot more lines of quilting in the overall grid bringing the grid to 1/4″ squares.
My reasoning for not doing all that quilting right away is that for me it will be easier to go back and add the more detailed quilting after the quilt is all done with the basic pattern. all the pins will be gone…the 3 layers will be flat and smooth, and I will be able to get a look at the entire pattern and evaluate then entire quilt to see how I want to make the additions.
Here are some progress pictures (click to enlarge)
I think I will do one more day on this and then go back to the Christmas quilt. It might be nice to have it done by Thanksgiving.