I had to show samples of the quilting before I started doing any on the actual quilt, so this is my 'play' piece. I was thinking about doing some of the quilting in gold thread. I used Raiman rayon thread which quilts up very well on my Husqvarna, with a bottomline pre-filled bobbin. The cream quilting in the background uses the same bobbin with Signature thread in the top. The micro stippling was SO time consuming that I didn't do any that would be behind the purple quiltlet.
I placed it against the sample of the coloured fabrics. I thought that it didn't really need the gold thread as I wanted the quilting to be more of a background than a feature, so I decided to do the quilting on the actual quilt with cream thread instead of the gold.
I tried out some ideas for the cream background next - micro stippling and mctavishing (the swirly design). I LOVE the look of the mctavishing but it was very hard to see the cream thread on the cream fabric. I finished it on this little piece though.
There were some leftover coloured strips of fabric left over from where the main quilt so I stitched a couple of borders around the 'play' piece and made it into this little quilt. I really like the way it turned out in spite of the fact that I had to add the borders quilt-as-you-go style, because the backing fabric was cut the same size as the cream bit on the front. It was a bit of a pain to do but turned out okay if you don't look at the back very closely!