You knew I would. It took me about 4 hours to get this part done last night. And, yes, my threads are still hanging. I'll knot those and then thread them through a needle and pop the knots under the surface of the fabric and cut the tails off. I did not do tiny stitches to make my starts and stops. I was going for all my stitches being the same length. This is definitely a show quilt. (I hope)
It's very hard to take pictures of because the silk reflects the light. I spent an hour this morning tracing what I planned to put in a corner and when I was finished and turned off the light box, I hated it. So, I used a very soft toothbrush to erase all the marks and now I'm rethinking my plan. No more of this type of feathers for this quilt. Now, it needs things like a greek key border and pumpin seeds; straight lines and order to frame this feathery chaos. And, a boatload of background quilting. I'll try to steal a couple of minutes to get to Diane Gaudynski's site for some additional inspiration.
The silk is much easier to quilt on than I expected it to be. it's not as slick as I was afraid of. But, I do have to wear my gloves to get a good grip on it.
Getting to spend 4 hours quilting last night was a definite reward for getting other things done. Sydney and I put in the final flower bed of the year and I had a meeting with the guy that's helping me with my resume. I had dishes and scrubbed the bathroom and cleaned everything that would sit still. And, then I did the panels below and THEN I got to quilt.
I didn't take a picture early enough. This armoir stand in my sewing room. It's a family antique that was my great Grandmother's. The mirrors are in poor shape, so when I got it and we set it up, we left the mirrors out, preferring the solid wood effect. But, I wanted something that would look better than those solid doors and I don't have the hundreds of dollars it would cost to resilver the mirrors, so fabric was the next best choice.
I bought pieces of foamcore and taped them together and then cut them to shape, based on the mirrors and then I glued a layer of batting to that and then covered it with fabric and glued that down around the back, nice and taut. And, then I rehung the doors. I'm loving it!
Okay, so have a great Monday. I'm on the "not going to buy a car" side today, which means spending several hundred dollars getting my car fixed. I expect that by around 2:30, I'll be back in the "going to buy a car" mood. It comes and goes like hunger.
Take care. Lane