This week I have been practicing on my longarm "Annie" and we are really starting to bond. Though my quilting is by no means terrific, I am seeing some improvement and that gave me the confidence to quilt this appliqued quilt. The pattern is from the book Ruby Red Dots and I eliminated the outside border so it would be a better size for hanging. I made the top last year to hang in my kitchen at Christmas - not really a Christmas quilt but the colors seem to be of the season and will fit in well with my black, yellow and white French inspired kitchen. I was rather unsure about thread color and settled on a goldish thread which looks OK. Probably should have used 2 different colors but live and learn.
I outlined the applique as best as I could and then did an allover scroll type design in the background of each applique and star block. Then I quilted a larger meandering scroll in each of the borders. Oh and I quilted in the ditch around each block - not sure I would do that again. Since I am really trying to improve my machine quilting I would love to know what you think!