I have chosen to do a triple cable border on this quilt because the quilting density would be just right to match the center of the quilt. The stencil is very simple and traditional, which matches the personality of this quilt.
The most difficult part of executing this pattern is where I have to travel over previous stitching on the long curves. I have to meet up with the backtracking of the shorter curves exactly on these long curves. So my main focus is to stitch right down the very center of the chalk lines of the stencil.
Here is the diagram I've made to keep myself on track:
And here is how it's been turning out:
Now... if you bore easily you might want to leave (if you haven't already). I'm going to show how I turned this quilt so that I could finish the last two borders...
Since stitching in a nice, continuous line from side to side is more beautiful and I do it whenever I can, I like to turn the quilt after the top and bottom borders have been stitched. That way the side borders become the top and bottom borders, and get quilted from side to side.
But before I turned this quilt, I set my horizontal channel lock and stitched a straight line across the bottom of the backing fabric. This was so I could cut it down to a manageable size. That long bottom edge will become a side edge when the quilt is turned:
I removed the hundreds of pins that were holding this quilt on to the leaders, and flipped the quilt over the back of the machine table. I cut right outside of the stitching line to make the edge look like this:
I turned the quilt so that the unfinished borders were now facing top and bottom instead of on the sides. I loaded the quilt as if I was loading a backing:
While I had the quilt laying on the machine, it was fun to see how the quilt looked almost finished! There won't be a lot more quilting on it so I'm happy with how it looks so far:
I'm still not sure if I can do anymore quilting in the blocks. The spacing of the heart appliques is ultimately calling the shots. So I may be leaving the block with only the feather motif and the SID hearts. I really won't know until the borders and small cornerstones in the sashing are completely quilted. Since I'm using Hobbs 80/20 batting, I can leave the blocks more open because the batting has a nice loft to it to fill in empty spaces.