Finally finished Kaela and Joe's wedding quilt - Steps to the Altar, from an old 1930's Ruby McKim pattern. Yay! Five months off and on in the making.
I quilted in the ditch around the blocks:
Then checkerboard in the pieced blocks:
Then free motion wreathes in the alternate blocks - very free - not staying in the lines exactly, but overall it worked. I feel like I finally got the hang of it about 15 blocks in to the process!
I used 60 weight cotton in the bobbin and nylon monofilament in the needle. Quilters Dream Cotton batting in the "Select" mid-weight.
The only problem with this quilt is.... after I had pieced the blocks, I tried to match the muslin for the plain alternate blocks. Wellllll the lighting in my local quilt shop isn't great, and it isn't great in my sewing room either - because as you can see, not a great match... but... it's a vintage-y looking quilt anyway right? It looks better in person than in photos, and I believe over time with lots of use and washings the difference will be even less an issue.
Now...... time to make toffee.... wrap presents.... do all those non-quilting related holiday tasks.... Mrs. Santa, time to get busy!