I am slowly tackling that finished flimsy pile, one by one I'm making a dent! This past weekend I basted my Penny Sampler quilt (design by Rachel Hauser @Stitched in Color) so I could get to some hand quilting with my new perle cottons.
This has been a finished flimsy for over a year as I think I was afraid to quilt it. Not really knowing how I wanted to tackle it, I only knew I wanted to do some hand quilting. Looking back over the notes Rachel gave us I remembered she hand tied hers rather than stitch in the ditch and added some big stitch outline quilting on the star.
I want to add a bit more hand quilting than that but figured get it basted and tied first and see what springs to mind. So I spent a few hours last Saturday watching the Jungle Book singing along with Louis and Balou and got her spray basted, hand tied and trimmed to size!
I'm stuck on a binding colour. G thinks dark grey to frame it and balance all the pastel but I am considering something lighter as the fabric pick for this quilt was inspired by a frosty Christmas feeling. Any suggestions? Binding it before hand quilting is recommended by Rachel and it will feel nicely finished even though I can be adding to it a bit at a time watching movies!
I am making progress on my QAL's too, this week, working on Yvonne's Snowflake Shimmer design. I've added in more diamonds to my version with Yvonne's blessing and given myself a little bit more work to do but I am having real fun with this one, chain piecing my way through the square in a square blocks.
When I made my Halloween quilt a few years ago and it had 16 square in a squares I thought I never wanted to see another one again. This time around I have about 40 and am loving pressing them open. Maybe its the colours I'm working with. So frosty, but in a different way to the Penny Sampler above. The weather is definitely changing and it's nearly time to light the fire and nestle in as the trees change to gold and red and burnt orange- my favourite time of the year!