|Front of Hearts and Feathers|
|Back of Hearts and Feathers|
|Detail of the Back of Hearts and Feathers|
Confession, my micro stippling might be more accurately described as mini stippling. Leah achieves a 1/16 of an inch channel throughout her stippling. I find 1/8 of an inch my threshold. Fortunately, that is small enough to make a sufficient distinction between the hearts and feathers and the background.
|Another Detail of Hearts and Feathers|
By using a pale batik for the front of my quilt and muslin to back the quilt I was able to see the difference a solid, versus subtly patterned fabric makes when creating a whole cloth quilt. It could be because I selected a variegated thread that merged nicely with the batik that I ended up preferring my back to the front. I just like having a bit of contrast between the background and foreground. Also, I think the muslin allowed the sheen of the rayon thread to be shown to its best advantage.
|Detail from the front of Hearts and Feathers. Note the blue marking pen.|
Imagine - a back that beats the front! That is the miracle of growth that I have achieved by quilting along with Leah. In the past my back would have had its share of hesitation knots and snarls.
Next week Leah plans to share with us how she blocks and finishes her quilts. I'm always looking for good finishing tips. Can't wait!