I was able to finish piecing the Orange Crush quilt top on Wednesday. I am pleasantly surprised with how well my points turned out. It is definitely ORANGE! As I was piecing, I only found one location where the same fabric touched (which I was trying to avoid), so not too shabby. It has taken 13 hours to get to this point, including a couple of design hours where I scrambled around to find something that matched my vision for all this orange fabric. Oh, and the top is a hair under 58″ by 58″.
I have gently folded up Orange Crush and put it away for a while so that I can get started on a few commissions. It will also give me a bit more time to think about if I am done with the quilt at this stage or if I will add borders (right now I’m leaning toward being done, but I’d love any input if you feel strongly one way or another!).
As I mentioned earlier this week, the fabric for Space Age Tumbling Blocks arrived on Monday. So this afternoon I spent 1.5 hours cutting 2 of the 3 main tumbling block fabrics. Laying them out on my design wall as I went, I am already loving the 3D effect that the pattern is creating!
I will cut the third tumbling block fabric on Thursday and start piecing. Yay! As a reminder, below is the design concept I created using EQ5. I love how close my design wall is matching the conceptual layout! So cool!
I have posted several tutorials about free motion quilting recently, and I wanted to suggest a post that Renee @ Quilts of a Feather posted yesterday about How to Quilt Peacock Feathers. I really like her step by step instructions and photos to guide you through the process that she has been using to quilt her Pink Star Quilt. So check out her blog and get some more FMQing inspiration!