I really loved how the quilt top for Namibia Trees turned out, and I wanted to spend more time thinking about the quilting than I normally do. Instead of an all-over quilting design, I wanted to do something a bit more around the tree panels themselves. I have never really quilted a meandering, rounded, stipple pattern, so why not start by doing tiny stippling on a quilt that you really want to love (*eek, no pressure*)?!?!? Well, it seemed like the right thing to do, so before I could second guess myself, I jumped right in.
Because this is a larger quilt (roughly 57 inches square), I started quilting in the middle and worked my way out to keep the backing as flat and un-puckered as possible. Which meant I was quilting the middle focal block at the beginning, yikes! I wanted to change the quilting pattern up for the borders around the tree blocks, and I changed the quilting again for the extra border around the focal / middle block.
I did not really give myself time to stop and think too much as I did the first row of quilting. When I finished the row and pulled it off the machine to look at and photograph, I was really excited and happy with how it was looking! Next, I added quilting detail into the borders around the center row of blocks. I chose to use the meandering leaf / vine pattern that I practiced this weekend and featured in Part II of my Free Motion Quilting Tutorial.
I then added quilting detail to the remaining blocks before finishing up the meandering leaf / vine. I am really loving how this quilt is coming together, and seeing the quilting pop on the backing is really rewarding.
Today I am going to work on putting on the binding. I think I will be entering this quilt into my local fair (the deadline for registration is July 12th, so I don’t have too long to make up my mind for that).
Linking up to WiP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.