May Day found me putting the last of the quilting stitches into the zigzag quilt. I had a few "aha" moments with this project. The first was during the quilting stage, when I thought about the description that Leah Day of 365 Days of Free Motion Quilting gives for her samples, describing them as either fillers or edge to edge designs. So instead of starting in the middle with my free motion (totally unoriginal giant stipple), I started at one end and stitched edge to edge in rows across the quilt. This was so much easier than struggling with a pile of quilt surrounding my needle, trying to decide which direction to go next and dislodging my platform. That led to my next "aha" moment, unfortunately when I was already 3/4 through with the quilting. See my foot pedal?
hint I read on Kim Brackett's blog for testing out stitching designs by using the excess backing/batting on the edge of the quilt sandwich. I have always been scrounging around for scraps big enough to test on and this provides two of the layers ready made. I just plopped a leftover that didn't make it into the backing and tested out my free motion foot and thread. Later this was simply cut off when I trimmed after applying the binding. Clever, no?