What are you most proud of? I chose quilting designs that fit my piecing designs and the limitations of my sewing machine. I quilted rounded feathers where the space was small, but in the wider strips of color in the quilt, I chose pointed fern-shaped feathers because my sewing machine's work space is too small to allow me to quilt big rounded feathers smoothly. The point at the top of the fern is a place to stop and reposition my hands if necessary. The result is a design that I could do a good job of quilting -- and the combo of small round feathers and large pointed ferns gives the design a welcome variety. I also love the way the thread builds up in the feather's spine. Using shiny trilobal polyester (Cindy Needham's idea), makes the quilting stand out. Now that I've made this quilt twice, I love it even more than the first time! What advice would you give someone starting this project? 1. Just do it. Quit complaining about not having a fancy machine. 2. Keep practicing. 3. Keep in mind that value/contrast is at least as important as color in making your quilt beautiful.
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