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.
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!!
Sometimes I need a deadline to keep me motivated to complete a quilt. What better motivation than participating in a bloghop?
While the snow and cold temperatures keep you inside, why not work on projects for this year's fair? The full listing is available to download now!
This month's block used paper piecing technique, one that all three of us were familiar with and happy to assemble!
My favourite customer, Ashley asked me to make a quilt from her daughter's baby clothes. I have previously made her quilts for her sisiter-in-law, her boys and she won a school quilt!
August's quilting technique was English Paper Piecing (EPP), a method I was skeptical to try at first.