I have divided this hand quilting task into three phases. Phase 1 is complete and the quilt is off the frame. Let me explain my process for this project.
I really like using my large quilt frame instead of hoops because it goes faster. And I find it easier quilting across (right to left) rather than toward myself so this influences my design thinking. I was able to do the chevrons–lower left shows a stand-alone–on the frame in dark brown thread. Phase 2 will be quilting around the stars in a lighter tan thread using a hoop. Phase 3 is the border. Because the piano key border does not have an outside border strip to anchor the hand stitches, I had to baste the edges of the quilt midway into the border. So I will have to undo the basting to be able to hand quilt to the edge where the binding will be attached. I’ve never done it this way so I’m hoping it works. I will probably have to run a stay-stitch down the raw edge to stabilize before proceeding. Wish me luck.