I've been doing matchstick quilting for a few years, but I was recently told that the lines should be no more that the length of one machine stitch apart, and mine are more like 2-3 stitch lengths apart. So my second goal was to work on making them closer together.
The background is a cotton Damask table napkin, about 20 inches square, that had been LWI dyed. I then put some dark lines on it with fabric paint.
I found that it is much more difficult to make the lines exactly parallel when they are longer, and that I was smart to do a practice piece before starting on the main piece. Here is the result.
First the front view. As you can see, I tried to alter the direction of the stitching within every defined space.
The effect might be more easily seen on the reverse
Having put this much work into it, I'm hoping it can find some sort of use, perhaps a tote bag.
I plan to link this with Nina-Marie Sayre's Off the Wall Friday, and The Needle and Thread Network.