The hand quilting has begun! It always seems like it takes forever to get a quilt to this point. However, for me, it's about making a quilt that makes me happy and that does take some time. I have come to enjoy the whole process, but the hand quilting is still the part that brings me a lot of joy.
Well, it's a good thing, as this quilt needs a lot of stitches to make me feel it is complete. I debated where to start quilting it as it is a strippy quilt. But decided why not finish the center and work out like I normally do, that way it gets easier to work on in my hoop as I go. I marked all the pink panels with a cable design but, I hadn't fully decided on the leaf panels. I will mark them as I go. First I am stitching around all the applique, no marking needed for that and then I am adding a diagonal 45 degree line every inch across that panel. I think, each panel will lean a different direction, but that could change, time will tell. But, I do know it's very nice knowing that this quilt is in the hoop. That means I can sneak in a few minutes here and there and add some hand quilting stitches. It doesn't get better than that!