I really will be posting hand quilting updates soon, but I am in the process of finishing the snowball quilt ( done all on the treadle machine)
I am doing free motion feathered wreaths in the snowball. Since I am not good at it yet I marked them first. I found an alternative to a darning foot and it works pretty good. A spring needle….which was an idea from a reader. I found it on-line and it is a Schmetz. You quilt without any foot just the needle with the spring. ( be careful not to sew your finger because there is no foot to protect you )
The spring puts enough pressure on the fabric when it goes down into the quilt so that the needle will catch the bobbin thread on the back and make a stitch. It also makes it very easy to see where I am going with no foot in the way.
It is a learning process and I am getting better as I go. Here are a few pictures (click to enlarge)
Teddy says HI
There is a bone in his mouth here but it is hidden on each side by his newly groomed beard.