It’s really getting down to the details this week. I worked hard all week on my grid work and am about half way through with the bead work. Next up are Prairie Points, attaching the rick-rack and then a piped binding, photos and submission.
I decided to triple stitch the grid and I am glad I did. Those extra two passes took a lot of time and work but I think it was worth it. Let me show the progression and I think you’ll see why:
Single stitch grid. Meh.
Here you can see the double stitched grid on the left and the triple on the right. I definitely felt like the triple stitched grid was worth it. It reminds me of a dogwood blossom. The floral look of the border definitely enhances the center of the quilt!
I love the dimension all that stitching brings to the border. I don’t know why the color is off on the second photo above. This is a correct representation of the true colors.
I’m adding tiny seed beads intermittently on the grid. I love the way this brings in the viewer. You see something there, what is it? Beads! Ah, but they are not at every intersection. It’s subtle but I like it. I had done a mock-up of various beads and my friend Nancy loved the intermittent effect. Great idea!
I sewed the beads on by machine:
I set my machine up for a wee little zig-zag, just enough to clear the side of the bead, feed dogs down, top tension loosened. It worked well!
Superior MonoPoly went in the top and Quilters Select Perfect Cotton Plus in the bobbin.
I had to fix some of the beads where the bobbin thread pulled up to the top. You cannot even tell the bead in the center has been sewn, the thread is invisible. The one on the right, not so much as the bobbin thread pulled to the top.
I was a guest on Pokey Bolton’s InstaGram TV on Wed! You can watch here. We chatted about teaching, cancelled shows, toured my studio and I showed my current work. It was fun!
I have a Big Week coming up. Next Th my husband will have his right knee replacement. I think I will pot, but I may not – stay tuned! I will need to have completed, photographed and submitted this quilt by then. Wish me luck, I’m goin’ in!
Linking up with Nina-Marie’s Off the Wall Friday!