I was hoping to have the pick up sticks quilt finished by the end of December but then I decided to make a couple of last minute Christmas presents and it just wasn't happening.
So the Pick Up Sticks Quilt is still my Main Crush. You can see from the picture below that I've got the sashing on and it's all pin basted. I've only shown a corner of the quilt as I want to keep the full reveal for when the quilt is all finished.
So far I've quilted a couple of rows in the ditch to try out the accufeed foot of my new sewing machine. I forgot about the pressure dial on the side of the machine and there is very slight ruffling on the back but not enough for me to worry about. I'll play around with it a bit later this week and work out how to adjust the dial to fix this. I get three introductory classes , one a month at the shop where I bought the machine. The first is on Friday. I'm looking forward to learning more about the features of the machine (I call her Jane). So far I'm loving her. She sews much more easily and accurately than my other machine.
Before working on this quilt I used the accufeed foot on this, project which I could describe as my next to main crush.
This is a muslin I prepared to work through the introductory free motion quilting class with Christina Camelli on Craftsy. Rather than stitch on smaller block sized samples I drew several copies of each of the blocks on a large lap sized muslin. I wanted to practise on this larger format because I find the shift from small samples to quilts is quite a leap.
I've sewn straight lines with the accufeed foot (essentially a walking foot) to outline each of the blocks and anchor the layers of the "quilt" together. I'll work on the free motion practice over the next couple of weeks. I really like Christina's teaching style and I'm pretty sure I'll purchase her more advanced class when I'm finished with this one.
How about do you have plans to work on new techniques?
Linking up for Main Crush Monday with Beth of Cooking Up Quilts, and I just heard about a new monthly link up, One Monthly Goal at Red Letter Quilts, so I'm linking up the pick up sticks quilt as my goal for January. Thanks to Heidi for picking up where a Lovely Year of Finishes left off.