This week I've been working on quilting a beautiful Civil War quilt for my friend Andrea from the Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild. She knows I'm looking for practice, and told me she had "No quilting expectations." Rather than just doing an all-over pattern (which is tempting when you have limited quilting time!) I decided to take a little more time highlighting Andrea's work. I don't have pictures of the whole quilt yet, but it has a lot of 6" blocks, and a large medallion applique in the center. I'm doing orange peel quilting in the blocks. I'm wishing that I had some circular longarm rulers, and that the shape of my hopping foot allowed me to use them. It has a little part that sticks out at a funny angle and prevents the use of circles. I'm getting a new foot soon that I hope will work for ruler work.
There is a narrow double border that I'm doing a spineless mini alternating feather in. These are also my first feathers on an actual quilt, and they are turning out very nicely so far. I know I've got plenty of practice in front of me before I do real feathers, but this is a good start, and I'm really pleased so far.
Apparently my machine doesn't like to sew straight diagonal lines, so Brad Paisley is helping me out in that department. =) Have I mentioned I need some rulers? The foot I have currently works adequately with rulers for some shapes, including straight lines at many angles.
Last week I finished quilting my Dresden Wave throw quilt for the EZ Dresden Challenge, but I still have to put the binding on it. I'm considering a hand-sewn binding this time. I am a perfectionist when it comes to hand sewing, and it takes me DAYS to hand bind a quilt. DAYS. But it looks amazing. Hmm, maybe I'll machine stitch it. I don't have days lying around, do you? I don't know. I think that might be something that I can successfully work on while my little guy is awake, but even then I don't know if it would work and let me get it done in time for the challenge. I need to make up my mind quick.
I'm linking up today at TNT Thursday at Happy Quilting.