The hand quilting on my blue churn dash quilt continues and the first churn dash row is completed.
The churn dashes are stitched in the ditch, then I'm adding curves to the sides of the HST's.
The inset triangles are quilted with a different design. It does leave a slight unquilted area along the edge but I think it looks fine. I'm not a person who thinks a quilt needs to quilted into submission.
In between the churn dash blocks are white squares. There are six squares in a row. Two of the squares have been quilted. If I quilt a square a day, this row will be finished by next Sunday.
I was asked by several commentators what do I use to mark the quilt.
The main marking was done before I put the quilt in the frame with a light silver marking pencil. Years ago, my mother gave me a box of Berol Verithin #753 silver pencils. I've used these pencils for years and they are down to the nubs.
Two years ago I purchased a box of Prismacolor Verithin Agent Metallique #753 Metallic Silver pencils at an Amish fabric store. At fabric stores I do see individual silver marking pencils for sale, but it takes several pencils to mark a quilt. I don't like to stop to resharpen a pencil when I'm marking the quilt. I sharpen many pencils so I can mark the whole quilt without stopping. The silver pencils work well on dark fabric too.
After the quilt was in the frame and I had quilted the white border, I decided to add the straight lines. The same with the curves in the HST's. To mark on the white fabric, I'm using fine point, water soluble blue marking pen which was purchased at JoAnn Fabrics. I don't mark heavily with it, just a faint line is enough for me to see to quilt. After the quilting is completed, I spray the quilting with water. The blue marking disappears.
The blue fabric is marked with a Sewline white chalk mechanical marking pencil. The chalk marking wears off as the quilting continues. The white marker is not good for marking a whole quilt before quilting, the marking will wear off. Trust me on this, it happened to me.
I could have used the silver pencil to marked the additional lines for both the white and blue fabric, but I find it difficult to mark the quilt with the pencil when the quilt is in the frame.
Most of the pictures in this post were taken when it was dark outside. Some of them are not the greatest pictures.
Linking to - Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching, Quilting is More Fun than Housework, Em's Scrapbag, Love Laugh Quilt, Show & Tell Monday with Bambi, Fiber Tuesday, Esther's Wednesday WOW!, Crazy Mom Quilts