I have finally finished quilting this customer quilt. it's a beautiful applique which, with its owner's permission, you will see once I've photographed it in daylight tomorrow. I had no more needle breakages today, which was a huge relief, and by chopping and changing between my two different free-motion feet/settings, and different colours (no idea why that made a difference, or perhaps it just made me feel as though I was doing something!) I got through the rest of it without having to stop too may extra times.
Each of the animal applique blocks has a different background filler. The vine above is probably my favourite.
I tried to quilt on the actual appliques as little as possible; mostly just along the applique stitching, and a little subtle stippling in a few of the larger expanses which needed something.
There were a few 'plain' blocks, which I filled in a variety of ways, including a couple of feathers...
...and these fun stars.
I quilted the whole quilt using matching Bottom Line threads, which don't detract from the beautiful applique. I stuck to the lime green on the back, where the quilting can be seen.
The back is mostly blue, but there are a few small sections of red and yellow...
Now I just need to restock on needles - I think I went through 3 packs of topstitch needles; it's lucky I keep plenty in. Quilting this has reinforced my desire for a long-arm - I enjoyed the process, but the problems were frustrating, and I'd like to think they wouldn't happen on a longarm.