I've hand quilted the center of my butterfly quilt.
The quilt is like one I inherited from grandma.
And just like grandma...I hand quilted around the butterfly and next to all the black buttonhole and backstitching.
And then, like grandma, I stitched in the ditch around each block.
The green sashing will have some cable stitching. I think I have found a template similar to what is on grandma's quilt.
Like grandma, I don't have air conditioning so it gets rather warm when quilting in the summer.
I know now why she wore her colorful house dresses (and no bra) that later, when too worn to wear, became part of her quilts.
I think those loose dresses gave some air flow to those nether regions under the dress unlike my shorts and t-shirt.
I've only been hand quilting on the cooler nights after work when there is a cool cross-breeze blowing through the house. I also wear a night shirt for maximum air flow. (I might have to make a few house dresses since I am an old lady).
This quilt may take a while to finish...but I am motivated, hot or not, to get 'er done.
When it is a little too warm to hand quilt I've been working on some Irish crochet motifs.
(Until Dad married Mom all of my paternal ancestors were Irish so that's why the interest in Irish crochet).
I think I have a quilt in mind that will mix some of the bins of lace I have with some of my husband's grandmother's tatting plus my crochet and some low volume fabrics and embroidery.
Mind you, it's just in my mind. Some times what happens in my mind stays in my mind.
Show it off every Sunday at Kathy's Quilts Slow Stitching Sunday.