Monday, after I cleared out my sewing room, I spray basted two quilts and planned my FMQing on Bugs 'R Us (May 31, 2015 post). Here is my practice doodling image for the gridded checkerboards.
I'd like to have it quilted to take with me when my highly anticipated grandson is born in Oklahoma this month and that is remotely possible if I can be decisive and do not dawdle. Here is the progress I made yesterday on the checkerboard blocks.
I used a pale yellow thread. It shows up well on the orange and blue and darker green. I am getting braver with thread contrast as my FMQ improves. Here is a closeup of the last grids I quilted. I also followed on later by quilting the same orange-peel pattern in the bright green narrow border strips.
My initial plan for the bug blocks was to echo the antennae area and make parallel arcs on the bellies to look like ridges. Actually if I remember my high school biology from a very long time ago, insects have three body parts – the head, the thorax that contains the wings and legs, and the abdomen. More anatomically correct, I wanted a ridged thorax, not a ridged belly.
Belly or thorax does not matter – I got neither. When I attempted to stitch the arcs, the lines came out wobbly and awful. I had to pick them out. What was I expecting? I could not draw them well to begin with. I need a new plan that I can execute successfully. Hopefully I will come up with one and complete it before I need to leave for Oklahoma. I do not think I will have enough time to bind the quilt before I leave but I can take the prepped binding with me and do that there if timing permits with arrival of said new grandson. My daughter is a quilter, too, so I can use her sewing machine to attach the binding. Wish me luck. If I quilt instead of blog I have a finite chance of completing the FMQ. If not, there is always the United States Postal Service after I return home.
I am linking up with this week's WIP at Freshly Pieced.