Back in May, I blogged about a disappearing nine patch swap that I was participating in through the Land of Lincoln Quilters Assocation (http://maggiemayquilts.blogspot.com/2011/05/disappearing-nine-patchwith-twist.html). At a recent retreat/pajama party, I put my swapped blocks together into a top that I am going to keep for myself. I set my blocks in rows, with black sashing in between! I liked the look, and immediately knew what I was going to quilt in the black sashing. However, the block rows took a bit of a think.
At our quilt show, one of the vendors had these great pocket guides packaged together! As I am always looking for inspiration, I grabbed the package. But just this past weekend did I break the shrink wrap and take a look!
So this is the filler that I decided upon for the block rows! Well, it is the inspiration for the quilting. I think we all know that just like everybody's handwriting is unique, so is a quilter's meandering!
Not exactly like the picture, but gee golly gosh! Am I ever having fun playing with this! Fun now, not at first....I was having some issues with my thread! First of all, although 60wt Bottom Line works great in my bobbin, it is not so great for a top thread. Next I tried 50wt Masterpiece. Shredding! Then I went to 50wt SoFine. Still shredding! I changed needles, cleaned out the bobbin area and added a bit of oil. I finally went with 40wt Isacord polyester. Sweet success!
Stayed tuned for the black sashing treatment!