This is day 2 of quilting Birthday Wishes (60 x 72). I was thinking I would try matchstick quilting with some blue variegated thread. I had two different spools so used Gutermann machine quilting thread in the bobbin and Coats and Clarks up top. I used some low loft batting I had on hand.
I'm not sure of the definition of matchstick quilting vs straight line stitching vs echo quilting. Basically I decided to quilt some vertical straight lines (or lines as straight as I could get them). I have to say that this is time and thread consuming. And I'm having second thoughts as to whether this was the right way to quilt this. But time will tell.
Yesterday I first started out using the guide on the walking foot to stitch some vertical straight lines at irregular intervals. (I guess I had the guide off in this photo).
This morning I started stitching in between the lines I made yesterday. I noticed that when the lines were closer than half an inch the quilt started to feel a little stiffer. Maybe because of the low loft batting. All I know is is that I don't like stiff quilts. And maybe that will change when the quilt is washed and dried.
Now the plan is to have areas where it's close together and then farther apart then close together then farther apart.
On quilting breaks I've been sorting through boxes and bags of scraps and strings. I need to make room in my sewing room to start seeds under lights on some shelves and in the south window. Going through some of those old scraps is like going through a box of old photos. Oh, the memories of quilts from the past. And while quilting I've been pondering what I will make with the piles I've sorted. Oh, and a tip...don't throw string quilt trimmings in with your scraps you want to save. I must have absentmindedly done that a couple of times. And now I can add rag picker to my resume.