I managed to get both the Charm School tablerunner and the Cat Quilt spray-basted and ready for quilting yesterday morning. I really wanted to see my kitties quilted, so I auditioned different threads on the black and white fabrics to see what I liked best ~ the light grey Aurifil thread won the toss.
I really wanted to quilt it like the original in a checkerboard pattern, so that's how I started. I did two diagonal rows in one direction and one in the opposite direction. Well ~ after staring at those lines ~ both the stitches looked painfully uneven and the lines were crooked. And with the light grey on the black fabric background, it was just glaring at me and I decided that the straight lines just would not do.
Soooo ~ I added some wavy lines next to the straight lines and TA-DA! They might not have been perfect, but they looked SO much better and the unevenness (is that a word?) of the stitches wasn't nearly as noticeable.
Needless to say, I spent last night watching Moonrise Kingdom (which I loved ~ very quirky) and ripping out two rows of straight stitching. Today, I managed to finish the wavy lines in one direction and, while not perfect, I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out! I did leave the one straight line to use as a guide for the next batch of wavy lines, but that will be ripped out eventually and replaced with the last wave.
Linking up at Freshly Pieced and My Quilt Infatuation.