This always happens. After a marathon of machine piecing resulting in the completion of a quilt top and/or backing, I must step away from it. I’m never quite sure if it’s my ADD tendencies or if I’m just tired of looking at it—probably a little of both.
This weekend, I ignored the blue/white lawn chair quilt and scooped up another batik quilt for which I have created a pattern—yes, for sale, some day—if I would just finish the sample!
The quilt is 72″ square and assembled with 36″-square quadrants. After ditch quilting along every seam, I free motion quilted this design on the top:
with this yummy 3-ply, 40-weight, all-cotton variegated thread
The color changes occur about every 1½”, and I’m using it on the top and in the bobbin.
Although the spool label recommends a size 90/14 needle, I’m successfully using an 80/12 with no breaking, shredding or skipped or uneven stitches.
The quilting motif measures about 17″ square to fit four per quadrant. Here is my next one ready to go: