Hurray for cooler evenings and a chance to get out my hand quilting. I am quilting the stars with 12 wt Aurifil thread 2915 and the background diamonds with 50 weight colour 2000. I find it difficult to make my starting knot with the heavier thread so I cut a piece double long and start in the middle, when I get to the end I put the needle on the other end and stitch it. The ending knot is easier.
With only echo quilting the quilting is satisfyingly fast, although I am debating if I should reinforce the centre of each star. The batting (Quilters Dream Orient) is bearding where it’s exposed at the edge and I’m wondering what that means for the longevity inside the quilt.
I have been using these thimble dots for a few years but I’m quite disappointed in the newest batch, as the thimbles are softer and my needle eye keeps sinking into the silicone–and then into my finger.
Linking up Slow Sunday stitching at Kathy’s Quilts.