I've been quilting for the past few days. This past weekend was the East Tennessee Quilt Shop Hop. I didn't really go on the hop, but I did go to a couple of quilt stores near me just to see what was new. I had not been in awhile and I just wanted to browse around.
The first quilt shop I went to Sew-Bee-It in Ringgold, Ga. This is a wonderful shop. They have lots and lots of beautiful and unique fabrics. I bought several fat quarters there to make the swatch portraits with.
After that, I went to Lavender Lime in Chattanooga, TN. I found a wonderful whole cloth stencil pattern. I love these types of patterns so I thought I would buy it and try one. I bought some wonderfully soft muslin and went home Saturday afternoon and went to work getting it ready. I quilted on it most of the day Sunday, a little bit on Monday, and finished it up Tuesday night. I still have to put the hanging sleeve on the back.
With these types of whole cloth patterns, I think alot of people use the same color quilting thread as the fabric. But, I love color so much and with a pattern that is that beautiful, I really enjoy quilting it using a colored quilting thread. I chose a variegated quilting thread for this one. I wasn't sure how it would come out, but after I removed the quilting marks from the fabric, I really like it.
I went back to Lavender Lime yesterday and bought an even bigger stencil to make another whole cloth wall hanging. I'm trying to decide if I want to make one of those next, or make another one of the smaller ones using a different border fabric.