|Taken this morning after Mr Husband removed the ironing board to iron his shirt.|
I use the ironing board behind my machine as extra surface space when quilting
Today I finished quilting the sashing of Mr 6's Rainbow I Spy quilt!! Holy moly I had a lot of tension problems which only got worse when I tried to use a 5,000m cone of Aurifil. I'm hoping that the purchase of a good large cone stand will help with the tension problems. But to get through the last bit of quilting I would some thread onto a bobbin and used that for the top thread. Irritating but it did the job :)
The sashing was funny to quilt I went into it thinking a lot about planning your quilting. It has worked out well but I don't think I will quilt this way again. For example, I took the below photo just as I was finishing up. I'm not sure if you can tell but because this quilt was really a bit of improve the sashing is all over the place. It meant that I really had to stop regularly and plan where I was going to next (and not just next but the next 5 turns or so) so that I didn't quilt myself into a dead end.
I've added a line to show you how I went about this last section (which was surprisingly difficult, so sorry it's totally dodgy!). I guess I like logical puzzles and this was a bit of that :)
I still have to quilt 3 borders and I'm planing a mix of SLQ, hand quilting and possibly a little more FMQ. Mr Husband has started to hint at finishing up and moving on to other things (I suspect he is thinking of things that other people might pay for LOL). Despite the tension issues I love how the quilting looks, especially on the scrappy rainbow strip on the back.
Having finished quilting the sashing I promptly moved on to my first bee block for the year. Jane is Queen Bee this month and she has selected this beautiful block from During Quiet Time. Jane also mentioned that she preferred we use Spotlight homespun for the background material. Knowing that I had a tiny bit left from when Fiona generously sent me some, I got cutting and was pleased to find I had just enough :)
I have used one of my favourite prints for the main square and selected coordinating prints from my stash for the HST. I'm not too familiar with HSTs and two of the prints are directional so I'll just put my head down and try my best.
I need to get on to Lara's bee block for Wombat Stew soon, but she has asked that we make the block from our favourite prints so she knows that it's us when she looks at the blocks. So I've hit a wall trying to select my favourite print LOL But I'll get there!
Speaking of selecting fabric. I am joining in Kristy's awesome sewing themed BOM. Because I want to turn the blocks into a quilt I decided I should start by selecting all the fabrics rather than just randomly choosing them each month. Well, that was a fun morning :) I came up with these prints and immediately realised that they match Cuzco perfectly. So I went through my charm squares and selected a couple to order FQs of to use for this BOM. What a great reason to order some Cuzco ;) Thanks Kristy!
My final WiP isn't really yet but I am thinking about it (including at 2am last night when Little Miss woke up and I signed up as registration had opened and then was so excited that I couldn't get back to sleep!). I have signed up for the Curves Class over at Stitched in Color. I can't wait! I'm so excited! Considering it's taking up so much thought space I figured it is technically a WiP ;)
One final WiP is my very first Dresden Plate! I have signed up for the Dare to Dresden blog hop over at Sew We Quilt. Not yet having selected my fabrics I can tell you that this will definitely be a cushion cover for that I can set aside with a future stash of cushion covers for when we move into our new house in 13 months. I'm planning lots of quilty goodness and what better place to start than a Dresden?
Have you already got a WiP list for 2013 as long as your arm? It's definitely a sewing themed year for me :)
I am linking up with Work In Progress Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced.