I had a very nice weekend working on the quilting of Three Flocks. This is the largest quilt that I have quilted on my home machine to date at 65″ wide by 88″ long, and so far it has been going just fine. It took me an hour to pin baste the layers in preparation for quilting. I love how the pins sparkle in photos.
I found a YLI variegated green thread (Forest) and variegated pink thread (Coral) that match the top and bottom sides of the quilt, respectively. To begin, I started with some straight line stitching to echo the flying geese “V” pattern with offset lines from the seams. Then I went back and closed out the design with offset stitching from the horizontal seams.
Quilting over the HSTs on the back required a bit of time and patience. Between the flying geese on the top and the HSTs on the back, there is a lot of seam bulk there. I changed out my sewing needle and knew that I would just need to go slow when working in that area, and the results are pretty nice so far.
I decided to fill in the rest of the negative space on the top with large meandering loops.
I have spent 4 hours on the quilting so far, with most of that time (3 hours) being spent on the straight line stitching for the flying geese. With all the starting and stopping, I had a lot of threads to keep track of and bury. I really do prefer to bury my threads as I work to keep things tidy. I have spent an hour quilting the meandering loops and have about a quarter of that complete on the quilt. So hopefully in another 3 hours I will be ready to trim the quilt and bind it! I saved enough of the various shades of pink from the flying geese to use as a pieced border, and I think I will be machine binding this quilt.
I hope you had a fantastic weekend as well. Did you get to do or work on anything fun this weekend?