Hello (-ello -ello). Echo (-echo -echo).
It has been too long, my friends. I fell off the blogging wagon for a while, but I would like to climb back on as of today. Everything is fine here, it is just that life took priority over computer stuff. You know how it is.
While the blog has been quiet, I have been stitching away. About three weeks ago I received a call from my friends D&D. They are expecting a new niece or nephew to join their family this week, so they wanted a small (1 yard squared) quilt that they could give as a baby gift. As they didn't know the sex, I thought the Mixed Bag line would be perfect for their quilt. I started playing with HSTs immediately and quickly fell into the pattern of making stars. Shocker, I know.
With the Sizzix cutting the HSTs, it took very little time to put the 9 blocks together and pop on a border. For me, the challenge was to quilt this little friend. This was the perfect opportunity to put my new frame to work. I have been practising using scrap fabric sandwiches, but have not used it to quilt an actual project. With lots of deep breathing, I dove in...
...and started quilting a line of circles. Some looked great, others could use a little help but all in all the effect was pretty super.
I won't lie; the quilting took FOREVER. I had imagined that this frame would make the machine work some amazing magic and that is simply not true. Each line had to be created slowly with care. I learned a tremendous amount in this process and can't wait to try quilting on the frame with my next project.
With a bit of red binding and a dip in the washing machine, this little quilt is on it's way to its new family. I love the orange border, love the pop of red on the edge and am delighted with the bubbly texture the quilting has created.
The back is one full piece of Mixed Bag Which Way, pulling together all of the colors on the front.