|Left: 59" x 69" Right: 60" x 69"|
They sat finished for a year, waiting for me to learn free motion quilting so I could stitch around the skeletons. I never learned so it was time to experiment.
I did a grid pattern that was pretty nice - using this video from Nancy Zieman. She uses this technique on a placemat but I found it also works on something as large as the skeleton panel (24"x44"). My lines are spaced 3" apart and since this panel didn't have an edge to sew off - I just sewed down the side of the panel until I came to a part that needed quilting. This panel was done with one continuous line of stitching, following a grid made with a Washable Wonder blue marker.
This skeleton panel was done free form using a walking foot - going forward & backwards and around the image ... much harder since my sewing machine was too small for so much minky & batting stuffed into the throat. Never again!
The darker areas of the quilt were sewn with broken zigzags and straight stitching. Aurifil 50wt. thread was used for piecing & quilting - and worked really well tension wise - the grey stayed on the top, the light sand on the bottom.
Chillingsworth /designed by Echo Park
Warm & White batting
Minky / dimple dot beige