I survived the mixed-method trapunto experiment...but did manage to break about 5 needles. Which is weird since I can't even remember the last time I ever broke a needle while hand stitching.
Normally I have a stash of needles since I'm forever losing them.
I had to run to the LQS to replenish the stock. I have to say I'm not too happy. The Piecemaker's 12's are lovely to sew with, but the glazed quilting threads are too thick to fit through the eye. The Clover big eye 12's are nice, but really what I would consider an 11. I was excited to try the Roxanne 11's - cute case, but quite the price since there are 50. I had all kinds of bad words to say once I started using them as they are what I would consider a chubby 10. Seriously now...what's the point of a numbering system if it differs by brand???
I am very pleased with this center motif. It is pieces and parts of Ester's Heart's Desire. Actually, I think it's all from the same outer border. The big flowers were in the center of each side and the 3 petaled flowers were draped over the basket handle. Fill is just straight(ish) lines 3/8" apart.
I re-hooped to the section of leaves closest to the center. It will also look familiar to many of you who know her design since it was block 2 of the quilt along.
This was me pondering how closely I really need to quilt everything to be happy.
I'm afraid that the correct answer is "very, very close".
The additional veining in dark green and curley-q's in pale green make me very happy. I stitched the flower buds in magenta. Funny how those details will be completely lost to anyone standing more than a foot away. But still, I smile.