So to fill in this final square, you get to decide what to stitch. I'm doing drawing and writing. But if that doesn't interest you, maybe there's a pattern from earlier in the quilt along you'd like to try. Or a pattern from somewhere else. If you're stuck on what to stitch then you definitely need to visit Leah's Free Motion Quilting Project. I have trees on the brain so that's what I picked. I used my fabric pencil to make a rough sketch of the trunk and branch placement.
To avoid puckers I pinned the heck out of the square and left them in unless absolutely necessary to remove them. I started by stitching up one side of the trunk and then around each branch as I came to it. I added leaves as I went on the branch. When I got to the other side of the tree I filled in the trunk
Then I picked some words to stitch. I started with "trust" in block letters. You can't really see it but I first marked a line with my fabric pencil to give a straight base to follow as I stitched the letters. I rolled the quilt up along the right side so I could unroll it to the left as I stitched.
Then I filled in the remaining open areas with a few other words I liked.
And that's it! It's all quilted! I love how the word TRUST is legible even from far back.
And I really came close to using up all my white thread.
I was hoping to count this among my 2010 finishes. The binding is on at least!
Time to go party. Happy new year folks!