I started working on a quilt in fall colors back in November (see post here: https://timquilts.com/2014/11/04/piecing-with-strips/ )
I got started on the quilting last night.
To start I tack the backing fabric to the floor (painters tape is another option if you want to save your floor)
when that is tight and smooth it is time for batting. I am using Nature’s Touch
open that up and smooth out over the batting
next the top goes on smoothing out any wrinkles
I then pin with safety pins. I do not use many, one on the corners of each block
Next I trim off the extra batting and backing leaving a good amount on all sides so it is easier to hand quilt in a hoop (the extra on the edges holds the quilt in the hoop when working on the edges).
Now it is ready to hand quilt. I put it in the hoop and take out the pins in the hooped area
I usually try to avoid quilting over seams because it is much harder to go through the extra layers. In this case I want to follow the curves so I have lots of seams to quilt over.
I am using size 8 perle cotton again for this.
I am not calling it big stitch quilting. I counted and have 7 stitches per inch. It is larger than I do with normal thread, but not what I would call “big”.
The quilting will follow the curves and emphasize them.
here is the back (it really is a dark brown but the pictures do not show that)
Teddy had to give it try
He says it is OK 🙂