Now try to say that three times fast! I am struggling with the last Kenneth King class write up, so please be patient with me while I try to figure out how to adequately explain what I learned. In lieu of said post, I thought I’d show you the progress I’ve made with little Ryan’s quilt.
I’ve finished machine quilting, and a little over half of the hand quilting. I sewed a diamond pattern with my sewing machine creating four full diamonds and 8 half diamonds around the four full ones. I hand quilted two ringed planets and two rockets in the full diamonds so far. Two nights ago, I designed a reasonable facsimile of a shooting star graphic for the outer edges of the quilt. The shooting part of the star will cover two of the half diamonds in an arcing shape, crossing over one of the machine quilting lines separating the two half diamonds. I asked my mom if it was never “done” (i.e., not allowed or against the rules) to hand quilt across the machine quilting and she said she had never heard that you couldn’t or shouldn’t. So I just went with that idea and really like how it turned out. I have no drawing skills whatsoever, but I think I was successful with creating a feeling of movement and I like how the star isn’t perfect.
I have three more shooting stars left to hand quilt on the other outer three quadrants and then it’s on to the binding. I decided to go with the stars embroidery stitch that came with my Emerald 183 for the binding and Mom approved the choice.
I do have one question for you all and I’ll ask my Mom too: I used one long thread to embroider the “shooting” part. So that means there are long stitches on the back of the quilt. I am concerned that a baby will get fingers or toes caught in these long stitches. How should I handle this potential problem? Should I tack down those long stitches with small ones that aren’t evident on the front of the quilt? Any advice would be very welcome.