There has been a slight change in plans. More about that in a bit. I made a few kaleidoscope stars while I was pondering what to do about the pickle dish quilt.
First were a few of the brown and blue paisley kaleidoscope stars.
Each one is such fun to see come together.
I’ve given up picking a favourite as each one is a favourite, it seems. But if I had a favourite of this group, this one may be it.
Or perhaps it’s this one.
No, it’s this one! Even after making many of these kaleidoscope stars, I still can’t get over how one piece of fabric can have so many different looks.
The change in plans? I’m not going to be hand quilting the Summer Picnic Dish. I’ve spent the past week or so trying with different needles and different quilting threads and have come to the conclusion that it’s the white on whites I so love to use that are a problem. Some of them can be difficult to hand piece. The ones I used in the pickle dish weren’t particularly hard to work with when piecing but when it comes to hand quilting, they are really not pleasant to try to quilt through. So I’ve figured out how I’ll machine quilt it and plan to get started on that this weekend.
Which brings me to the first question. I thread basted the quilt, assuming I’d be hand quilting it. I really do not want to take out the thread basting but am wondering if I’m going to run into trouble machine quilting with the thread basting. Any thoughts?
I’m still working on hand quilting the Ferris Wheel quilt and that’s what caused the light bulb moment last night. I am not having any problems hand quilting it. Why? I think it’s because there’s not any white on white in it anywhere. That sort of tells the tale. I’m not accepting this gracefully, as I love the look of a white in my quilts. But I want to be able to hand quilt more, so I’m going to have to find something other than a white on white to use in the future.
And there’s the second question. Are there any manufacturers making a white quilting cotton that has the design woven in rather than painted on?
“A Brief Visit.”
I couldn’t resist this shot of all the paws. Baxter sure doesn’t worry about hurting his paws trying to quilt through a white on white fabric.