The Big Green Monster (aka green modern Dresdens) has been on my machine for 5 days now. The kids are safely off at school 7 hours a day and I am quilting more hours a day than I think I ever have to get this at least to a state that it can be safely removed. Notice that I did not use the "done" word. I won't even assume that I can finish it before the client quilts are piling up, but it does need to have the majority of the fill-work completed so it's adequately held together.
I discovered right off the bat that the green thread I had planned to use was too dark for the lime green outer border. You'd think that I could have checked that sometime in the last month or so and ordered a lighter shade, eh? Nope. I figured it out the day I hoped to actually quilt the border. Today, 4 days later, the paler green thread arrived. I was not patient enough to wait, so I have to go back and quilt the basted border when I am done with the center. Pray for no pleats.
So far, there are areas of the quilting that I love, and areas that I might raise an eyebrow and question why I thought that would be good. I love the silk thread. It.is.awesome. Super.duper.awesome. Want more, Santa...must have! All 20 of the Dresdens will be quilted as below. I have not done the pink center yet; will get after the rest is done. The thread is a heavier-weight so I don't want to be constantly adjusting tension as I go back and forth between Glide and silk. Note that I echo quilted 1/4" around the Dresden. Looks nice, I think.
I got word that my quilt Meet Me at Giverny shown here took a first place at the Wisconsin Quilt Expo!! It sounds like the quilts there are really spectacular - hand and machine quilted both. If you are in the Madison area, it's well worth a trip.