I've spent a few weeks with relaxing sewing while watching fun things on Netflix, a very nice "spring break."
One project that's benefited is the vintage Magic Vine quilt top that I am finishing. I started the quilting 25+ years ago! I've only worked on it now and then, when I go someplace to demonstrate hand quilting. After its most recent excursion last November, I decided to push forward and finally finish it.
I bought the top, made in the 1930s, complete with back fabric, at the antique quilt shop where I used to work. You can read more about the pattern and fabrics in two previous posts.
I've been quilting a garden lattice behind the vines. Now, I have finished extending the lattice into the inner borders. The next step is deciding how to quilt the outer, leaf vine border. I don't want to extend the lattice even further. It would be kind of boring, I think. And also, because I marked this bit by bit over all these years, I discovered some inconsistencies in the marking, and extending the lattice proved to be problematical in places. No need to emphasize that even more!
When I bought the top, I decided to give it the best finish I could to honor the anonymous woman who did such amazing appliqué. I did find one "oops" on her part in the border piecing, so I'm a little less sad to have skewed the quilting lines. I guess she was better at appliqué than at math!