I finished quilting 8 of the big blocks on my king size quilt and decided to take a little break from it. My quilting gloves are over 11 years old; they have plastic dots on the palms and fingers for gripping the quilt, but the dots (especially the ones on the fingertips) are losing their grip/slight tackiness and that makes it difficult to move that big quilt while I'm quilting it. So I ordered new quilting gloves and am also continuing to practice drawing my feathers.
I have been reading up on how Victoria quilted her king size Christmas Crosses quilt in 2010 (she also used a home table-top machine) and I also put Diane Gaudynski's book, Guide to Machine Quilting on hold at the library. I'm pretty sure I will quilt long feathers in the sashing spaces and then do echo stitching around them to fill up the rest of the space. As far as the wide borders go, I'm stil not sure how I will quilt them. I think it's worth taking it slow so I can figure out what I really want to do on this quilt.
The other night I was looking through my big bin of quilt fabric and found this table runner that I started last year. At the time I had thought I would hand quilt it but I am a big procrastinator when it comes to hand stitching and I never got around to it. So I decided this is the perfect time to finish it. I got the background quilted in tiny free motion loops. (The gloves are not as big of a deal on a small project like this.)
I am going to finish up the quilting in the hearts but there is only so much light on a January day here so I wanted to get a photo before it's too dark. I will use red and hot pink thread in the hearts, maybe echo quilting in spirals into the centers of the hearts.
Have you been practicing your free motion quilting? What are you working on? Let me know in the comments!
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Here's the prize drawing information FYI:
*Be thinking about what you want to do for your free motion quilted project for the prize drawing at the end of the month. It needs to be finished this month but can already be started if needed. The project could be a small mini-quilt or a large quilt, or something in between, it’s up to you.
*About the prizes--there will be a link-up at the end of the month where participants can link to a blog post or flickr photo sharing their completed free motion quilted project. The link-up will be open for 24 hours and then winners will be chosen randomly from those who enter.