When I first started to quilt, my dream was to be able to machine quilt. There was a day when machine quilting was frowned at, but in recent years it is acceptable. There are many talented long armers that do wonderful and breath taking work. I know I will never be one of them, since my first attempts at machine quilting were quite disappointing. I still wanted to create quilts, so I set out to learn to hand quilt. Not to my surprise it is my favorite part of quilting. I have mentioned before that hand quilting is relaxing and therapeutic for me.
Hand quilting takes time and patience and I didn't have either when I started this quilt. So, I decided that I would attempt to machine quilt this one. My first attempt was aweful, and I spent an afternoon picking out the stitches. I thought about big stitching it, but my heart wasn't into that either. I have really never done big stitching and this being a baby quilt, I didn't want to chance little toes or fingers get caught up in the stitches.
Time was running out and I decided to try my hand at machine quilting. I tried to break it down to something that would make this manageable for me. So I came up with idea to stitch a motif on each wonky nine patch and if I could master one block then I should be able to finish the quilt eventually. So what better than wonky five pointed stars on wonky nine patches. I am happy with the results. I may try something like this on a top I made several years ago our of scraps. It is hard to hand quilt over a lot of seams so this may be the solution.