This is the April stay at home round robin - the quilting stage. It doesn't show on this photo of the whole piece, so I've shown a detail shot of the house. I've quilted each block differently, and it was fun to do. My biggest challenge was choosing a thread colour. I'm not fond of changing threads frequently (or at all, if I'm honest) but I didn't have a variegated thread that had the colours of this quilt in. I felt that my best options would be either a grey or a golden brown. I chose the golden brown in the end, and I think that it was the right choice.
Here the tree is with the marking / re-marking (I'm not sure that marking the cross hatching after the initial back stitch quilting is the best way forward for me - I managed to go wrong, damp down that area, but then had the dampness travel about the cloth and start moving ink from the other lines too - it looked very messy!).
I really need to learn how to tension the piece better - without using a hoop which I don't fancy. Even on this piece (started 12" square, finished 11" square) I had to put a pleat in it.....perhaps I should just stop trying to work on whole cloth quilts, even this tiny, and concentrate on piecing!
I smoothed it out on a towel to dry, but didn't need to block it to get it to lie flat (just that one pleat, then, no more).
I did keep the spacing the same, though. So 1/4" between the concentric squares, just like the hand quilted filler behind the tree.
I rather imagine that this will become a cushion cover - and then be given away!
It's been fun to do, and I can see that my quilting could improve if I carried on working at it. I've started another hand quilting piece but will probably take my time over this one.
Now it's time to draft a couple of design possibilities for a school leaving present for a member of staff....trying to get a balance between something that the children can join in with, but that won't be too labour intensive when it comes to the construction. I've got lots of ideas, but not sure how they could best be implemented!