|Dry erase designs|
First was my really stupid mistake. I've been reading about using dry erase markers on plastic/acrylic to work out quilting designs. Many articles described taping the edge of the plastic with a dark or bright color, so you know where to stop drawing. Why would I do that? I can clearly see where the plastic stops. That worked so well... right until I was so focused on the feel of the design that whoops! there went the pen right off the edge. At least I had been smart enough to buy a washable dry erase marker. Plus the color wasn't too different than the fabric I a marked. So I've learned my lesson - all of my plastic will be edged in hot pink duct tape before I put it near any fabric again! Ugh.
I also learned that washable dry erase markers aren't that washable. I roughed up the fabric a bit getting it all out. But unless I point out where I wrote on the fabric, it's not noticeable.
I picked a variegated thread and started quilting between the branches of the tree. The puffy leaves were difficult to stitch around. Even with all the basting I ended up with a couple of puckers. As I ripped out the puckered areas, I decided I wasn't happy with the quilting pattern (too tight) and I wasn't happy with the variegated thread. I spent the evening ripping everything but the outline around the tree. An hour of work to put it in - two to three hours to pull it all out. Ouch. But I didn't snag any of the fabric in the front; glad to know I can rip without causing damage.
I bought some new thread on Sunday. I spent 15 minutes in front of the thread display trying to decide between two shades of blue. Really? Then I steamed out some of the needles holes, pinned down the area (I didn't feel like re-basting all of it) and have it set to quilt again.
Been busy the last day or two - although a brainstorming session with my sister resulted in picking the binding for this quilt and color arrangements for the baby quilt. Progress! I hope to get back to quilting this during the week.