However, along with the good comes the --- I won't say "bad" --- let's just say the "not what I planned/expected". My plan for quilting the bottom part of this was that I wanted the stitching to follow the swirl of the chain of stars and circles so started there. I did very little marking when I stitched this so unfortunately while I started off good:
When I came around the bottom under the stars and the reindeer, I got off course and instead followed the reindeer up and to the right instead of swirling back down to the right along the last star and circle.
Overall I'm happy with the texture created by the stitching but feel I blunted the visual impact of the swirl by mistakenly aborting the end of it. Fortunately, where this will be hanging, that won't be evident. And again, I'm not looking to rip and re-do at this point!
What I am very happy to have gotten out of this experience (besides an almost finished quilt) is the revelation that I CAN make good progress doing hand work. In my mind it's no longer "too slow", just a different and relaxing way of working. A very big change of heart for someone who started out quilting with plans to only machine quilt! Of course the real test will be when I move on to the wholecloth quilt project after this. For that one, I'm planning to attempt to execute it with really fine hand quilting which is something I haven't been able to achieve up to now. But that will be a story for another Sunday!
And speaking of Sunday Stitching stories, why not head over to Kathy's Quilts and enjoy the work and stories of all the different types of hand work being done by crafters from all over! Enjoy!