A professional longarm machine quilter for hire and some of the work I've done.
I got all the feathers along the outside edge of the quilt finished.
I also finished the feathers around the center rings.
Then finished the center medallion.
Why am I skipping around with the quilting instead of starting at the beginning and quilting to the end? I hope I can explain this in words so it’s understandable.
Quilting draws up the fabric in a quilt. If I simply started quilting at the beginning end and continued quilting to the bottom end it would draw up lots of fabric along the way. Each advance and quilting of the quilt would draw up more fabric which would create more and more fullness in the part not yet quilted. By the time I reached the opposite end there would be lots of extra fullness in the part not yet quilted. I would have a very friendly last border. (Very friendly means lots of waves.)
In order to keep the extra fullness evenly spaced around the quilt, I skip around with the quilting. This spreads out the fullness allowing me to deal with it at it occurs. Quilting the outside feather created fullness around it. The cross hatched border has the most extra fullness caused by quilting the feather so my next step is to quilt the cross hatched border. See the extra fullness?
Also, quilting the center medallion and the feathers of the rings created fullness in that area. See what I’m talking about? I’ll quilt the cross hatching of the ring next after doing the outside edge of the quilt.
My goal is still to have this quilt finished this week.