In part 2, I posted a picture of the quilt with a piece of clear vinyl laid on top. I tested out various quilting designs by drawing on it with dry erase markers. Trying to figure out the quilting designs for this quilt has been rather hard. I guess the colored pencil drawings are making it hard. Do I quilt them or not?
I'm no longer debating about it. I've decided to quilt the portraits. It'll be a challenge but I think every quilt you do you should give you at least one challenge. So far I've not really had one for this particular quilt so there it is. I just hope I have enough thread colors.
I've also added a German Shepard to the quilt. Grandma really, really loved her dog and never got another shepard. She's had other dogs since then but she never talks about them, just her shepard. It's not an exact portrait of her dog but she'll love it just the same.
I've been gathering some additional quilting threads this last week and I'm going to give myself a few days of practice with them and designs I have in mind then I can start quilting.
I found a neat backing fabric on Fabric.com. It's an ivory fabric with all the names of all 50 states. I know my grandma has been to a lot of the states if not all of them and it keeps with the Ohio theme.
Next up, quilting.