I'm making this Double Wedding Ring quilt for my granddaughter who is only 9. After her paternal grandmother died last year she told me I would live long enough to see her get married. I hope I do but if not I'll be there in spirit.
Just last night I finished hand quilting along all the seams in all the pieces in the arches. I think there are 98 arches with 11 pieces each so that's a lot of stitching. I did the stitch-in-the-ditch so I could practice hand quilting before I stitched in any of the areas that would really show my novice stitches. So far I have learned to use a thimble, how to do the "rocking" motion, how to hoop the quilt, how to bury knots and built up a callous on the finger I keep underneath the quilt. I may not have the smallest stitches but I I think I keep them pretty consistently the same size.
Here's what the back looks like so far.
In the four patch sections I'm going to try to stitch some hearts like this template. I'm having a little problem marking the quilt. I tried a silver pencil but it doesn't show up well enough for my eyes and besides, I couldn't keep the pencil sharp. Good thing is that I could easily remove the marks I did manage to make with a little water. I'm going to try a mechanical pencil next. That's what I use on my crazy quilt stitching if I need to mark anything.
And after that I'm going to try to stitch this in the large middle sections. I may be a little ambitious with this.