I put a lot of time in on the Night Sky quilt this weekend. My son has been standing by my shoulder, urging me on – he wants his quilt!
I’d almost finished quilting the tree portion before wandering off to some shinier project, so I finished that up quickly yesterday. I used wavy lines and a green ombré thread. If I was going to do it over, I would probably change both of those decisions. I think a straighter line and a darker green might have been better so the lines didn’t distract from the angles of the trees. But my son says he likes it, so it will do.
The next step was outlining the stars with a combo of echo and stitch-in-the-ditch quilting. I love the way the outline shows up in the back, though it is less obvious since I added the background quilting.
I quilted the sky in loops, throwing in a few five pointed stars. I went through a multitude of bobbins – free motion quilting sucks up a lot of thread. I had another ombré thread in blues for this part. I had some trouble seeing where I’d already quilted with the darker thread so there is overlapping in places – my quilting skills never quite live up to the picture in my mind’s eye.
I did the moon last, and tried out a new-to-me free motion pattern of dense circles. I think it is called pebbles? I think it looks like moon craters.
I got as far as trimming the quilt before I ran out of steam. The binding fabric is waiting to be cut and sewn – by the end of the week my son will have his new Night Sky to sleep under.
Oh, and a lot of thread ends to bury!