Progress is slowly being made on this beautiful Irish Chain. The large open centers are being basted as I complete the cross-hatching throughout.
Because the quilting is in every other chain, there are hundreds of starts and stops on this quilt. So I've been hiding them in the seams on the front as much as possible. And, I've been carefully starting and stopping with tiny stitches which sit in the exact holes of previous starts and stops. If that makes sense? Long story short: there will be no tying and burying on this quilt. Every start and stop has to be done as invisibly as possible, especially because the backing fabric is dark blue.
Here is how the cross-hatching in light blue thread is coming along. I'm using a 9 SPI for this 28 wt. cotton thread and it looks great.
And here is how the border looks with the cross-hatching continued through it. I'm glad I decided to use this instead of a separate border. The border is so thin that any design I put in there would've been either too heavy for the rest of the quilting, or it would've not been symmetrical on each side due to a variation of over 2 inches between all four borders. Also, the corners are mitered, which limited my quilting choices as well.
Each pass takes me about 45 minutes to complete, including basting. So for today I'm done and on to other duties.