As I mentioned in a previous post, I quilted the circle with feathers in the "X" blocks. Then I quilted in the ditch around all the squares in the 16-patch blocks. The final quilting in the border is a simple echoed feather design. When I worked on the boarder I did not make the stem first and regretted it later. In future, I plan to create the stem and then add the feathers.
I tried to keep track of the time it took me to quilt this project. The final tally was 15.75 hours. I did a lot of starting and stopping as well as twisting and turning of the fabric to get it into place so I could stitch.
Oh how I would love to have a machine with a larger arm. On a recent trip to the sewing machine store I drooled over all the great machines on display. I could get a bigger machine if I really wanted one, but I don't know where I'd set it up. I love the cabinet I bought when I got my Ellure (which is what I use to do my machine quilting). So, for the time being, I'll make due with what I have. Perhaps I'll reduce the size of my future projects so that they are more manageable.
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