I am officially halfway finished with quilting the Splendid Sampler. Needless to say, I haven’t been sewing at all. I’ve been trying to come up with some different quilting designs in as many blocks as I can. Just as I shut down tonight, I realized I haven’t even done some easy ones, like meandering circles.
I think my favorite from this evening was the swirls in the top right hand picture here. It’s not perfect, nothing fancy but I like it because it just came to me and wasn’t something I saw in a book as a pattern. For the most part, I have been spending just a few minutes analyzing each block as I come to it and deciding what I want to do on it.
My overall plan is to quilt the neutral areas to make the rest of the block pop. I did try my hand at some “mini McTavishing” as I’m calling it – for instance on the house with the cloud overhead. Not too much but then again it’s hard to overquilt a 6″ block. I’ve been doing a lot of stitch in the ditch to outline any shapes. Sometimes I get it right on the seam…and sometimes I don’t!
I have a friend who made a quilt for her newest baby. She asked if I could help her finish it up. We’re figuring out dates when she can come over to quilt it so that will be a lot of fun!