No reference to cowardice is intended when I refer to tucking tails. It is what I call the process of burying all the loose thread ends in between the layers of a quilt. I’m doing thread tucking as I finish “Kitestrings”, a quilt begun many years ago in a class I took on the technique called paper piecing.
The block design consists of a kite-shaped piece sewn diagonally across a 8” square paper foundation, then strips of fabric sewn parallel to the kite edges on both sides (now you understand quilt’s name). I used the same fabric and width of strip on either side of each kite and set the blocks so that each four adjacent blocks creates a star. I used up much of my of green and blue fabric, especially fabrics that would not work in other quilts or that I don’t even like. Visual chaos is avoided by using a calm solid green for the kites. A “zinger” fabric of vibrant teal adds energy.
I sketched potential designs for the machine quilting and chose one that required much starting and stopping. I grumbled at myself for making the work of so many thread ends to tuck. Now, looking at the finished quilting, it is the right choice. A continuous design or stitch in the ditch would not have enhanced the piecing. I intend to finish today by adding two lines of quilting around the outer border, the hanging sleeve, and a label. Here are two photos.