I don’t remember exactly when I got my Diatom blocks that I pieced during the quilt along sewn into a quilt top (it happened sometime in the past month). It honestly didn’t take long to do since I had already sewn the first 6 blocks into the top half of the quilt top, and I’m sure I snuck it in between projects at some point.
As a quick recap, I used 2 Fat Eighth bundles of Meander by Aneela Hoey for Moda Fabrics (a FQ bundle also works perfectly) with Moda Bella American Blue (Background) and Moda Bella Egghsell (Star Points).
I love how easy it is to reconfigure my studio when it’s time to baste a quilt. I simply move my ironing station to the side, roll up my carpet, and then I have plenty of floor space to work on almost any size quilt I can dream up. What I don’t love is how my back feels the morning after basting a quilt – that’s a lot of time on the floor. Thankfully my chiropractor and I have been making good progress and she has given me good exercises for the day or two after I baste a quilt.
- I lay belly down on a yoga ball.
- I use a firm foam roller to roll out my glutes, hamstrings, quads, and IT band.
- I do core ab exercises daily, usually variations of crunches on top of my yoga ball with a focus on strengthening my lower abs.
- I use a tennis ball to stretch and release my psoas (scroll down to the “How To Release The Psoas Muscle” section).
So, now that the quilt is basted and my back is happier, I’ll set my machine up and get started quilting this week once this heat wave drops off a bit (the thought of having the quilt piled in my lap right now is not something I am interested in). Oh, and I’ll probably start by prepping and making my binding with the binding strips I cut on Friday, too. What are you working on this week?