For those of you familiar with this style of machine, you'll notice that I've mounted it upside down. The reasons for this are :
1) that I want to make sure this is perfectly square, so I am working the background first from the area I anticipate the least stitching to the most. (I've put masking tape on my leaders to make sure that this lines up perfectly each time I advance the quilt).
2) The background was a humdinger to draw. I want to make sure it's right as I go, so I'm working from the areas it is most obvious and well established out into those where it's a little more nebulous.
As I said earlier, this is my first pass with thread. I'm using a Silco Multi, #SCM24, for my top thread and a neutral Aurofil for the bobbin. Once the whole background is in place, I'll come in with a couple of darker threads to punch in some subtle shadowing.
Just for reference sake - the little crosshatches and parallel lines are no more than 1/8" apart.
Itchin' to get stitchin',