I decided after the Rockets and Robots Oh My! quilt that I wanted to take a mini-break from quilting. Not piecing or putting together quilts, just the actual free motion quilting part. It was exhausting, moving that huge quilt around, but now I'm ready to go at it again. Hardcore.
I started today with the quilt I'm making for my in-laws for the holidays this year, the Park Avenue quilt. I used a different low loft batting rather than my trusty Warm and Natural on it, and wow, this thing moved like a dream through my machine! I really didn't even need my quilting gloves, it was so smooth! I started quilting early this morning before my munchkin woke up, then set it aside for the morning, and wrapped it up during naptime. Awesome!
Next up is some binding for this one, then another gift will officially get crossed off my To Sew list! Yay!
After I wrap up the Park Avenue quilt this week, I'm going to help a new quilty friend, Brooke, finish off a quilt, and then back to holiday gifts I go. The 12 Days of Whirlygiggles quilt for my sister-in-law's family will be the next one to get quilted. I'm still waiting for the fabric to come in for the back of this one, thanks to a super clearance sale at fabric.com on this line, Kate Spain's 12 Days of Christmas.
|Thank you, darling husband, for holding this quilt so long that you lost feeling in your arms!|
And as if that didn't sound like enough to do, I've got various other fabric-related gifts to make for the holidays...a quilt-along with Jennifer that starts this week, a bag for my mother, some fabric-covered notebooks for other family members, and I'm planning to sew a few things for my son for Christmas, too. And thank you, Lee, for adding to my list - have you seen Lee's holiday advent calendar tutorial? So cute! My list just grew again. Eek! Then again, in my family, if you don't have too much to do this time of year, then it's just not the holidays. I truly enjoy keeping busy like this!
I got an awesome surprise today, to make today even better - I actually won something! Lee held a great giveaway last week for a custom blog header, and I was the lucky winner! Woo hoo! A new and improved look for my blog sounds good to me!
Hope you're all having a wonderful start to your week, too. Happy sewing!