I had a really fun and productive week quilting last week. The air quality in my California town continues to be bad enough that I am not able to go outdoors for my evening walk, and I started sewing in the evenings after dinner for a bit instead. I’m definitely stir crazy but thankful our area isn’t near any fires (knock on wood), so having a bit of sewing distraction in the evenings helped me channel some of my restlessness a bit.
First up is a pretty big sneak peek of the now finished quilt I made for Pat Sloan’s upcoming Morrison Park fabric release (full quilt release and pattern coming on October 2nd). The free motion quilting went so quickly! While I do love straight line quilting with my walking foot on my Juki, you might see me playing around with free motion quilting more for the next few finishes. Hard to say, though; each quilt will tell me what it wants and needs.
As the sneak peek photo gives away, I went straight into working with the bonus blocks. It’s really fun to be able to add in just a bit of an additional background fabric (Kona Cotton in Coal, in this case) to get a second and different quilt! By pinning a batch of curves every afternoon, I was able to get the blocks sewn together and pressed in the evenings after dinner last week.
I’m at the stage where I need to now trim all the bonus blocks square. Usually I can just put on an audio book and get them all trimmed at once. This time, I’m allowing myself a bit more freedom to play.
After I trim 4 bonus blocks, I get the fun reward of getting to sew them together into the Bonus Bouquet block. My goal this week will be to get the blocks all squared up, sewn together, and I’m sure once I get that done I’ll be motivated enough to have the whole quilt top pieced together.
What are you working on this week?