The quilting has begun on the Wonky Stars that is. I sat and thought about it a long time. Because the back of the quilt is almost exclusively white I wanted stitching that would give a little more character to the open expanse. First I did straight line quilting around each section of the scrappy border. That way the border becomes a part of the reverse side of the quilt.
Then I hooked up one of my favourite things in the world - my Bernina Stitch Regulator. I have spoken about it before but cannot stress enough that for people like me (in that statement read severely lacking in coordination and the ability to control foot, hand and eye all at the same time) FMQ would not be possible without a little electronic help.
First off, I went all the way around the outer edge, loop-the-looping as I went. I came off the quilt at the white sections of the border which will give me my entry points for quilting the stars. The less starting and stopping in the middle of the quilt the better. That means less threads to tie off. A mundane task at the best of times.
My next stage was to quilt the border sections. Now, while I would like to say that after a great deal of thought I knew exactly how the lines of my stitching would create a pattern I loved - but I didn't have a clue. The plan was to take that loop-the-loop, enlarge it and flatten it out on the loops, crossing back and forth as I moved down the border. Make sense? I didn't think so. The resulting pattern gave me tear drops and diamonds. Who knew? Not me, but I love it.
And I also love the way it stands out well - white stitching on white - on the backing fabric.
So a good start made on it. Throw in three loads of laundry and a grocery shop and you have a day of getting things done. Beef Stroganoff for dinner - haven't had that in ages and it is sooooo easy. Last Brownie meeting for the girls tonight and nothing but holiday stuff scheduled between now and September. I'll be off to school shortly to collect my two. I cannot believe that I will have Y5 and Y6 girls come September. Someone please slow time down!
I am going to link this post with Shay over at Quilting In My Pyjamas. She has a Favourite Things Friday linky party and I do believe that my Bernina Stitch Regulator falls into that category. She also has an excellent blog.
Have a great evening, everyone!