This piece once finished won't appear in any show 'til next year but this is a good-sized art piece that should call for about 6 weeks of quilting work plus finishing.. so I have to be on the move... besides... I have to move beyond the now seeming theft of my Winged Lion shown below in previous post mid May. I had hoped it would show up by now but not so far. Please... if you've seen it... help me get it back.
Now to my mountain lion in summer. ( You will see portions of this piece but as I move along you are unlikely to see the entire piece straight on. It's not something one fully displays 'til complete and in competition. I am nonetheless posting pics of quilting techniques chosen for given areas as education by seeing is part of my blogging goal.)
I generally pin my quilts, then secure ( 'ditch' like ) major areas with monofilament. I will remove pins as I approach quilting an area I have 'ditched.' This is a vertical rectangle with the lion perched atop a rock ledge about mid way up the rectangle. A shadow on the ledge area goes from left edge across 3/4 of the quilt width. The ledge is where I will begin as I work from the middle of a piece outward/downward to minimize the potential for surface distortion. Shadows are generally COOL... so mid value blue poly thread it is... 40 wt. I am using a back and forth curved meander that runs horizontal side to side of quilt somewhat visually and realistically stabilizing the mid quilt area.