If I have shared about starting to hand quilt this, I can't find it on my blog. My eyes have evidently changed quite a bit since I last hand quilted anything. I can't thread the needles of my usual betweens needles anymore. It's rather depressing.
I finished piecing this in February 2008. Its time has come to be finished.
Somewhere (of course, with old age comes forgetfulness) I read about "big eye" quilting needles. I could not find them locally.
On my trip to take my kids to camp 90 minutes west of here, I scouted ahead and Googled a quilt shop one mile out of my way. Yay!! And they had the exact needles I was looking for. Double yay!! See second picture for needles. I got the same size I used to use, and they are fabulous.
Here is part of the progress on my Mennonite Mosaic quilt. I am hand-quilting this to use in my bedroom. The one with the yellow walls.
I am marking a diagonal line with a disappearing ink through every color and hand-quilting with the same color thread as the fabric. It's all about the texture.
There was a first for this quilt. I basted it on my Handi-Quilter for hand quilting. I had never thought of doing that before. It sure saved my back. I have always hand-basted them in the past. This worked splendidly.
I have a large stencil for the border, which I think is 12" wide. It's an outlined feather, with corner!!