First off, I got the Christmas Tree Quilt on the long arm frame and managed one row of quilting (I know, a whole row :) Thank you all for your wonderful suggestions on quilting. There were lots of snowflakes and swirls so I tried to combine the two to make it look like swirling snow. It isn't perfect, but not bad for a new design try ;)
I am using So Fine by Superior Threads in my new favorite color. 402 Pearl!!! Kind of funny story here. I had never thought to use this color on a white background because when I look at the spool it looks tan to me. But the other day when I loaded the Starburst quilt, it was already on the machine so I decided to baste the top with it thinking I would change the tread after I had it all basted and good to go. However, I quickly came to find that I loved it and there was for sure going to be no switching!!!! It blends perfect, I can actually see what I am quilting, and it shows just enough on the white to make the quilting really feature the background. Yippee!! I think it will be my go to color for white backgrounds for some time ;)
I decided to change it up a bit in quilting when I got to between the trees. I opted for pebbling to look like snow resting on the trees ;) At least, that is what I am hoping it will give the effect of ;) I know pebbling takes a while, but I got to tell you, it is so very relaxing for me. I don't have to think at all, just pebble away :)
And after I got this first row done, it was time for a little cutting. I am teaching my Wonky Irish Chain pattern next year and so I wanted to make another sample quilt of it but in the queen size. I am using Persimmon by BasicGrey and I am so loving it!! I got all of the prints cut out and now it is time to move to the background which will be grunge ;) I so love grunge!!!
And, lest you think I have forgotten, I have been squeezing in a bit of work here and there on my Micheal Miller Modern Quilt Guild Challenge quilt. I pressed these guys last night. Some cute little pixelated daisies. I have a plan, and hopefully the quilt will come out like I see it in my head ;)
And last, but not least, I added a new project to the pile yesterday. Next week is the Small Town Quilt Show in a Big Town Way and I was fortunate enough to have a break in my teaching time to squeeze in a class as well. I am taking the Quick Curve Ruler class by Jenny and Helen and I can no wait!!! I have wanted to make one of these for so long!! I am going to go with Metro Hoops and now I just need to decide on some fabric. The only problem is, I just can't decide on an option ;) Maybe I will snap some pictures today of some fabric pulls and see if you can help me out with deciding tomorrow ;)
And that's the ball coming to a rest ;) So, I best be off, lots of quilting, cutting, and piecing ahead of me today :) So how about you, are you bouncing around projects this summer??
Have a Happy Quilting Day!!