After a wonderful day without kids and having a fixed sewing machine I was able to get started on the graduation quilt. It is much bigger (60x83) and taking much longer than I was thinking.... but I'll keep plugging away at it a little bit at a time over the next few days. I am just doing a walking foot straight line stitching 1/4 inch from each of the seams. I saw that in one of the finished quilts from the original quilt along with the Kaleidoscope quilt and loved how it looked. I went to start the quilting and realized..... what thread can I use? I only had a teal that was anything close to blending and so far I really like how it is working out. I'm using a new batting for me - Fairfield low loft 80/20 from Joann's Fabrics. So far I love how it is coming out. The test will be after washing it when it is all done.
When not working today or being in the sewing room adding a few rows of stitches to Jillian's quilt, I will be hand stitching some stars onto the white spaces of the QOV quilt. That one is all machine quilted and hand bound, it just needs some stars in those open spaces.