For layering the whole quilt, I used wool batting and so far I like it. Instead of spray basting I tried a new method this time. You guys know how much I use spray baste, but it doesn't seem to hold things together as well on bigger projects and it makes a really big mess. My mom recommended Sharon Schamber's method for basting. She has two great youtube videos demonstrating the process (here and here) that are definitely worth a watch. I went ahead and used her method, boards and all, and it worked great. I used the herring-bone basting stitch as she recommends and it seems to be holding things together pretty well. You just cut the basting stitches out as you go, and I haven't had any problems with them yet.
|These are the big basting stitches.|
The only regions I've quilted so far (in addition to the dragon) are some leaves and the tree branch. I did pebbles and some spiky things in the leaves, and used a sort of modified version of this stitch from Leah over at the Free Motion Quilting Project for the branch. Now I just have to plan the rest of it!
Sorry this one is so out of focus, I had a really hard time taking pictures of the brown.
What about you guys? Any progress on the pile of UFOs? I have such a hard time not starting new things, and now I have to switch from this quilt to focus on my swap quilt for the SewHappyGeek swap.