It seemed like they just went on and on forever but I am FINALLY done quilting the feathers on the Double Wedding Ring quilt...blocks. Next up, I need to quilt the plumes in the melon shapes but I think that will be slightly easier and faster than the mirror-image feathers in the blocks. I figured I would get all the feather work done since I have done so many I am dreaming feathers. No problem committing that shape to muscle memory after 50,000 repetitions. The hardest ones were in the second-to-end rows because I had to fight to keep the remainder of the quilt in the machine. Overall, it was less of a problem than I imagined because the quilt is so big I could actually stick most of it in front or behind the machine and just work on a small section, allowing myself some slack for movement. However, I am certainly feeling it in my wrists and shoulders and could really use a hot tub right about now!
After the melons are quilted I unfortunately have to go back to each block once again and add some micro-stippling between the tops of the feathers. This will make the plumes pop a bit and add depth to the design. I'm not worried about that so much because I'm very comfortable with stippling on a large scale so it shouldn't be that difficult. Finally, I'm going to add some wavy curlicues in the arcs themselves and I will...be...done! I cannot wait!
In between all the quilting (and still battling shredded thread - grrrrr), I have been managing to feed the family (one daughter is back for six weeks, did I tell you that?), and another is back for this coming week, and even baking some treats like my amazing apple strudel. So that's what I've been up to - what about you?