I love this time of year. It always feels so full of possibility. The skies are blue, the trees and lawns are a beautiful light shade of green and it's not so hot and humid that you melt into the furniture. I haven't been on the blog much but I have been sewing quite a bit.
Here's step one for the Fireburst Mystery. I got this finished just over a week ago. I'm loving the pace of Tish's quilt along. I manage to keep ahead of the game with this one and that is a good feeling.
I'm planning to quilt along with Cheryl and Paige as well, for the Modern plus signs Sampler. This one also goes along at a moderate pace, although some of the blocks will be a bit more of a challenge. But that's how we grow, isn't it?
Speaking of challenges what I've been spending most of my quilting time on over the last week is practicing free motion quilting. Here's a sneak peak.
I've been treating this quilt as a sampler trying different designs in different areas. I'll be sharing this quilt as a Friday Finish soon. I really enjoy fmq, but like many things, I don't seem to make enough time in my life for practice. The sections on this quilt are 6 inches wide which is a challenge for sure in trying to get a consistent look with the motifs in such a big space.
One thing I have learned is that even though there are very long spaces of time between working on my quilting I don't loose the skills I have. I just don't get any better.
I have also started to cut the fabrics for one of the baby quilts. I located the bird and mushroom fabrics. They were fat quarters not the half yards I thought they would be so I had to change my plans about how to use them. I found this coral fabric at the local fabric store, which plays along very nicely and will take the quilt up a notch to the usual brightness level of my quilts. Sorry future baby I just don't do subtle very often.
Well I'm off to sew some quilt backs together for donation quilts before I go to work. I'll link up with Beth at Cooking Up Quilts, with Tish of Tish's Adventures in Wonderland and with Lorna of Sew Fresh Quilts.