Finished all the stitching-in-the-ditch along the major seam lines with invisible thread. As I did not want to go out and purchase new batting, I used what I had which was an entire bag of bamboo batting. I know I said I would not use it again, but really, I was not just going to waste it either. I now believe that I might have made a mistake with placing the bamboo batting in the last piece (which produced an enormous amount of bearding)...this time I placed the batting with the bonded side up and I have noticed that I have hardly any bearding (mind you I also have not quilted it densely).
At the moment it is nice and fluffy. Quilting only the white sections really densely with a filler would make this appear unevenly quilted and looking at quilting allover the coloured sections would present me with the dilemma of what thread colour to choose. Besides I do believe that this then would turn out too busy. It is unbelievable how difficult this can get...
Anyway, I decided in the end that I would place a simple heart motif in the white sections. This will be light enough not to make this whole quilt top unevenly quilted but on the other hand, add some interest and in addition, I can also take that right into the edge of this quilt by halving the design (so as to maintain consistency). I think this will look good and will not distract from the pieced blocks which are really the main focus of this quilt.
Another little thing I produced last week...finally! Winter is almost over but I managed to sew up 2 more wheat bags. That took me about half an hour...very simple to construct and the only major hold up is getting all the wheat in the bag (particularly if you left the opening a bit small).
In terms of size, I make them approximately 15in long and about 5in wide. I get the wheat filling suitable for a wheat bag from the market at one of the health food stalls...they sell all sorts of goodies there including the filling.
So, now that I have completed this, the weather really warmed up and spring is in the air. Never mind...there's always next year.
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