In between pulling buttercups and ivy out of the strawberry patch I've been stitching samples for the 2 quilts I'm working on and come to some decisions - whether I'll have enough time to bring them to fruition is a another matter! On my test sample for 'horizons' piece (below) I tried out machine stitching working from the back with perle threads in the bobbin. That didn't work - too dense and pulled the cloth up badly. Hand stitching worked better, especially with my favourite Gutterman silk buttonhole thread and some gorgeous hand dyed cotton purchased from Laura Wasilowski at Nottingham AGM
The time spent wasn't wasted thought - the dense line from perle in the bobbin combined with twin needle stitching will work very well I think on the 'mudflats' piece. I had to quickly assemble a sample to test it out but with a bit more stitching it will become one of my indigo journal quilts - I like how this theme is working for me.
Hand stitching will not be neglected - I like the effect particularly on the shibori . But if when time is short I can work accordingly. I also like having both a machine and hand project on the go.