It feels so good when a quilt is all finished. And after the 25th anniversary quilt, with "custom" quilting, it felt so good to do an "overall" quilting job.
I again used Angela Walters "Free Motion Quilting" book for inspiration. In fact I used the same quilting design as I did on the Virginia Bound quilt (in header). Except, this time, I think I finally got the hang of the hook in the "Swirled Hook" design. Some of these same shirts were used in Virginia Bound and they aren't used up yet!
They aren't perfect, but maybe you can see a few of the hooks in the close-up pictures.
This is Bonnie Hunter's "Star Gazing" pattern and again, even though there is a lot of piecing to do, it seems to go pretty fast when you follow each section in the pattern as she describes it and get the chain piecing going.
I didn't have one piece of fabric that I could use for the whole back, so I pieced it (just like Bonnie does)! I had some of the musical fabric left from the front - mostly used in the red and light colored triangles.
|The whole back.|
I also had some "historic" fabric pieces and some blue that went with it all and pieced it together the best that I could. I think you can see the quilting better in this section below.
I still need to make a label and plan to do that this next week. Woo Hoo! Now I can get on to some fun UFOs, hopefully!
We found out that our DGS will be going to college in Minnesota, so I think this will help keep him warm for the cold winters they have there.
Oh, BTW, I didn't start anything new in April.