After considerable trial and error tests on spare fabric, it seemed best to keep it simple and allow the fabrics to speak for themselves. Once the quilting reached the borders I was stumped. Eventually I decided to follow the theme of the uneven patchwork segments. The design was worked out on tissue paper, pinned in place, and quilted along the lines using my walking foot. One negative of course is having to remove the paper and all the tiny bits that remain between the stitches!
Because of the simplicity of the outline quilting of every section, for a better impact I chose to work with an antique brass thread. I'm happy with the look but oh my, I probably spent more time tying off each of the thread ends as it took to quilt the entire piece.
In general, I don't like the look of the tie off function of my machine, nor stitching in place at the beginning and end of each line. So I always tie off and bury the threads by hand. This metallic thread had a nylon core that made it impossible to use a self-threading needle as the thread shredded. So it became necessary to thread a needle with the ends in order to bury them between the layers. It's interesting, I never broke a single thread while quilting but the finishing part was very time consuming.
Stay tuned for a photo of the finished piece. In the meantime check out what other creative stitchers have been up to this week: Nina-Marie's Off The Wall Friday, Sarah's Whoop Whoop Friday, and Crazy Mom Quilts.