I finished the applique while I was out of town. The quilt is now set together and basted. I love it!
To plan the quilting designs I placed frosted vinyl over the top and drew with a Sharpie, doodling different quilting designs over the top. I think I've figured out how to proceed in most areas.
TIP: It's a good idea to cut a big enough piece of vinyl so that you don't risk going off onto the fabric with your Sharpie. I know that I should run painter's tape along the cut edge of the vinyl to stop the pen, but I'm always in too much of a hurry for that. If you look closely at the bottom of the photo above you can see that I was lucky to stop drawing where I did. Maybe next time I'll use the tape!
I hope to get this mostly quilted this weekend, in between other things that are going on. It would be great to have this off the list by Monday morning when we begin our summer construction project.
Remember last year when we remodeled Mom's house? This summer we are helping Christopher replace the bad siding on the side and back of his house. There are two windows and exterior French doors to be replaced which leads to sheetrock repairs inside. Lots of painting outside and in. We think we can get it done in 3 weeks if all 3 of us stay focused and work fast. Texas weather is about to hit 100 and stay there which is an incentive to get it finished.
I'll take pictures. Stay tuned...