It's been such a long time since I quilted a larger quilt. Once I discovered Quilt As You Go, I would only quilt sections and then join them after quilting and never have to work on a whole quilt at once.
But then I made a dozen quilt tops thinking I would just leave them for my ancestors to quilt (!) and put them in a box. Now I have the urge to quilt them. I was inspired by the fabulous quilts made by my friends and had to join in the fun. But oooooooooh, was I out of practice!!! As mentioned in a previous post, I made every rookie mistake in the book, and just kept on quilting, removing messes and re-quilting over again. When I finally came near the finish line I realized that my biggest mistake was using a heavy thread in the bobbin which pulled the heavier needle thread to the back in an ugly visible way. I wound some bobbins with lighter thread and voila! No messes. Yay.
I took advantage of the large sections of open space to practice my old patterns and try out new ideas. Lots of fancy quilting is pinned on Pinterest and I looked there for inspiration, but couldn't make myself mark anything. I have only to square this quilt up and bind it today. Then when next my quilt friends meet, I will have a finished work to share. No looking on the back please!