I have been happily adding a bit of handquilting with white perle cotton for the last couple of weeks, almost overdosing on girly movies after the children are in bed and my husband is studying for an exam, but enjoying myself nonetheless.
This is the first quilt where I combined handquilting and machine quilting. It was a lovely balance, as I didn't get tired of either method. I think the perle cotton quilting really adds a nice spark to the texture created by the machine quilting.
Other things that could have been improved on: the backing did get folded and quilted such in a few places. My careful pinning and walking foot still did not prevent that. A few of the quilting lines are not straight, but that isn't obvious unless you turn over the quilt.
I do really regret not matching the gingham where I had to piece the strip at the bottom of the patchwork, but oh well. I'm not a perfectionist, and my boy is deliriously happy to have this quilt.
When I presented it to him, he was speechless, and then he laid it on the floor and rolled on it in love. Well, melt my heart.
And, oh, lovely, I get to consider the next quilt. I'm pretty sure I want to work on an unfinished quilt top my Aunt Nancy gave me. She started it in college from her childhood dress fabrics.