HERE. You can read that post and I will add a few things here today. When I did the original post I was still using a regular quilting hoop. Since then I have broken down and spent the money to buy a Morgan hoop. It is heaven! I knew it would be but I am super cheap and the one I had worked.
I quilt for hours at a time and that means that after a while my shoulders and neck kill me from scrunching over the quilt. The Morgan hoops help with that a lot. You can see it is double hoop. Mine is 14" on one end which I use the most and the other end is 10" which is nice for smaller projects. There are little legs that connect the two and create a stand. That is the great part of the design. The stand supports the weight of the quilt while bringing it closer to you and eliminating the sore neck and shoulders from holding the quilt and scrunching. This is especially nice on big quilts. The size I have retails for around $55 and for a cheap-o like me that was a stumbling block. Let me tell you what though, I am so happy I got it. The quilt I am working on has been so much easier to handle with this hoop and I am hooked.
I don't own a lot of quilting stencils. I mostly make them from layers of freezer paper or cardboard. For this quilt I quilted circles over the square blocks. Curving lines complement geometric piecing. Also if your square is not perfectly square it is not as noticeable as if you did 1/4" outline or 1/4" inside. The tan border was kind of plain so I am quilting diamonds on it which adds some interest.
I use a #22 or #24 Chenille needle.
I think between the old post and this I have covered most of the questions I am asked. If not leave a comment or shoot me an email. My friend Ann is trying to convince me to do some videos. Maybe we will do one on this if there is enough interest.
Happy Quilting, Dawn