The coloured pencils came out this week as I pondered how to quilt the 3 tops and the table runner that are waiting in the queue. My leaf quilt is waiting to be hand quilted but as I am actively hand quilting my Hawaiian quilt pillow top I’m OK with the leaf quilt waiting a little longer. The other two (the swap quilt and the Christmas quilt) are stifling my creativity. I’m feeling that I shouldn’t just add new tops to the unquilted pile. I can’t bring myself to start anything else, but I’m grumpy. It’s just time to get those tops quilted!
I’m working up my courage to freemotion these tops. I have been practicing on small quilt sandwiches. My stitch length is all over the map, but at least stitches aren’t skipping anymore and I think my tension is pretty good.
twister table runner. I promptly sat down and stared at it for over an hour, having absolutely no idea what design I wanted to quilt on it, beyond knowing I didn’t want an all-over design. That evening I drew the runner in MS Publisher. I’m sure EQ would have been more efficient but I don’t have that software! I printed out a few copies and started coloring and doodling. Here’s what I came up with:
Whether or not I have the skill to actually quilt this remains to be seen. I haven’t have time to try it out yet. It’s on tomorrow’s “to do” list though.
Thinking positively, I decided that I should plan a quilting design for the Christmas quilt as well so I’ll be ready to go with that when I successfully finish the runner. I’m afraid my design is a little ambitious – I don’t have nearly enough control yet to consistently make these curves and make everything cross tidily in the middle as it should. I like the design though so I’m going to be drawing grids on practice sandwiches and going over and over the design until it seems half-decent.
At least I’m confident I can quilt the straight diagonals!
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