I think the applique pieces, and possibly even the quilt top itself, were made some time ago — one of the pieces had ‘2003’ written on it, and the fabrics used in the sashing strips and borders seemed a decade or two old.
I started by stitching in the ditch around all the main blocks, then stitching around the edge of each appliqued centre, then doing a simple stipple in the dark background fabric without stitching into any of the applique work. For the border, I ditch stitched around the borders, then did a simple stipple in the blue border, leaving the sashing strips and red border unstitched.
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- Top: Rasant (40 wt, cotton, colour 0132); Fil-Tec Glide ‘Royal’ (40 wt, trilobal polyester, colour 30661)
- Bottom: Fil-Tec Magna Glide Classic pre-wound bobbin (lead gray)
Photos of all the Community Quilts I’ve quilted are here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rhondamadeit/sets/72157630291250200/