And I lived.
Seriously, the actual quilting is not my favorite part of making quilts, but this was kind of fun once I got into it. Once I gave up the idea of quilting a perfect spiral, that is.
Shay reminded me that imperfect, scribbly style quilting is called "organic." To which I responded that this quilt may be so organic it attracts flies!
But the spirals got better each time. No buzzing was noted in the vicinity.
Having practiced all those circular motions, I moved on to the narrow stop border and did more circles. Organically, don't you know.
My outer border was a wee bit ripply, I noted as I was basting it. I fought the urge to remove and resew it and instead hoped it would quilt out. A little meandering in that area seemed to do the trick.
Then I went back to the frame borders in the interior and did a back and forth stitch. I really like how that turned out. After quilting down one side, I was in the zone and went on to finish them all in one sitting.
Finally, the little red patch. I changed thread to red and quilted a little daisy with some pebbling (very organic, ahem) around the outside.
It took longer yesterday to hand bind the thing than anything. I intended to machine bind it, but hand binding is sometimes what happens when you take too generous a seam.
After binding, it was time right away for pictures, since it was the perfect kind of overcast (plenty of light but no glaring sun). Then the quilt was nap tested. It passed.
You can see the quilting better from the back. I had in mind a zen garden kind of thing, thus the straight lines, spirals, pebbles, etc.
The original plan was to quilt it somewhat differently, but after getting reacquainted with the quilt as I was pin basting it, an alternate idea took shape.
I don't have a clever name for this quilt, but I thought of this song. To call a song a rag is one thing, but a quilt, well, no. Anyway, both the song and the quilt make me happy!