I finally finished quilting and binding New York Beauty. I hope you aren't too weary of hearing about this quilt!
These pictures were taken before I washed it. There are still lots of chalk marks on it, but they don't show as much as I thought they would. I was going to wait to post until it was all washed, but found out the hard way that a quilt this size in my front loader needs something else heavier in with it in order to spin dry properly! (Four washings on different settings and it finally clicked - I was ready to call the washing machine repair people!) Oh well, at least this way you can get a better look at the quilting! It was all done freehand except for the large blue border where I used a stencil with a floral pattern that mimicked the print in the fabric. I used a very bright King Tut 40 wt variegated thread called Pharaoh's Treasures which had every color of fabric in it.
I looked at lots of NYB's quilted and came up with what I thought might work for this. In the small border I made use of the dark vertical lines in the print and just quilted up and down for a sort of zig-zag effect. As for the blocks, I quilted loops and swirls in the larger outer portion, loops inbetween the points and mimicked the points inside of them. Then on the small quarter-circle I quilted a sort of leaf pattern.
Wow - did I ever learn a lot on this one such as which chalk I like best (a combination of Pounce and Fons and Porters chalk pencils), when to take a break (before your neck and back begin aching), when to use or not use the micro handles, how to use the straight rulers, and how to use the automatic tie-off feature on Vinnie which I now really like. I give myself a "C" on this one and promise to do better next time!
If any longarmers are reading this I would love to know which brand of disappearing ink pens you use and like. I'm thinking next time I might want to use them in some of the lighter areas as opposed to chalk.
Next up on Vinnie will be Lil's Simpler Tymes. Stay tuned!