Here's another old work in progress finally finished! This one started several years ago. It must have been not too long after Tonya Ricucci's Word Play Quilts book came out. I love this owl print and I wanted to highlight it. I also wanted to hand quilt. Remember, this was several years ago. I started having some hand issues and the hand quilting was really bothering me.
I took a few years off of my old way of hand quilting (with a rocking motion). I tried big stitch quilting without a hoop for a while, but recently I got back into the hand quilting as I mentioned in the previous post. My new method is working well for me and it didn't take long to finish this one. Actually, I have been hand quilting everyday for the past couple of months and enjoying it immensely. Unfortunately, my knitting has taken a hit, but you can't have everything! All of this quilting is done free hand. I hate taking the time to mark and I hate having to deal with leftover lines. Sometimes I'll do a little scratch across the fabric with my needle tip, but mostly I just wing it. The more you do it the easier it becomes. I'd love to know, have you tried free hand quilting?