Goal: Reflections in Blue

I've set my quilt goal for January aside. I really do like the way the colours go together, but I haven't even laid out the units for the blocks yet. I'll keep this one out because I want it done before camping season, which is probably three months away yet here in Ontario, despite what Mr. Groundhog says!

I started this blue and white quilt for a customer two weeks ago, and I'm at the quilting stage now.

Reflections in Blue, a customer quilt awaiting more quilting and binding

I'm loving the fabrics I chose from the Connecting Threads line, Symphony in Blues. I remember not really liking those large mandalay like circles when the line first came out, but they look great when assembled here!

The blocks are laid out in a barn raising setting, so I began quilting in the ditch around each radiating diamond. Then I started a free motion fan motif to fill in each section. The fan design, even though it looks pretty basic, is actually pretty tough for me to get smooth arcs as I sew. Most of the fans are about 6-7 inches across on the last swing, so I don't have to adjust my hand placement mid-arc. I'm getting better, and I imagine by the end of this quilt, (or the next) I'll have the motion smoother.

My goal for February is to complete the quilting, add a label, and bind the quilt. And I do have to get this done in February because the customer would like delivery before month's end!!

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