Today I needed a bit of creative playtime again - but I didn't want to work on the brown one as I am still making decisions about the design. There was this nice practice sandwich in my pile ready to go, so I went for it.
Practice has paid off in other areas too. I can travel back over stitching lines much better than I could a few weeks ago.
Now, lets talk about the grid. Do you see the POP of the design? The unquilted squares rise up above the surface, while the quilted squares are pushed down. This creates a great texture.
Another thing you may notice is that my needle is down in this picture:
Why is that? I am trying to decide what I will quilt around the grid design. The opportunities are almost endless.
And finally, here is a close-up of the quilting. I used a chaco-liner to mark the lines. I think it has to be washed out. Sigh! I need a chalk pencil that will brush away for this. Or maybe I could use my tailor's chalk... Now why didn't I think of that earlier!
Perhaps you are interested in the thread choice here. This is a Connecting Threads Essential Cotton thread. It is a 50 weight thread in a three ply (50/3) It is a satin finish-double mercerized which givea a nice sheen. The color I am using is Cream (20976) and I buy it in cones. Right now it is on sale for $6.99 for a 5000 yard cone. But it is also available in 1200 yard spools which are ons sale right now for $1.95 Both cones and spools come in a lovely variety of colors.
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