Quilt # 1: I started off with a bang in January, when I loaded and quilted this cute wall hanging panel on January 1. It was a fun quick one, and I did loops on it. I used an Omni light blue on the top and a Bottom Line in the bobbin, and they worked well together.
Quilt #2: Oriental French Braid. I purchased this quilt in a kit the first year I went to retreat in Shipshewana. I got the top started in fall 2012, and finished it a few months after that. It then went into the cabinet with a bunch of other finished tops because I didn't know how I wanted to quilt it. Inspiration finally struck when I started going through Angela Walter's book, Free Motion Quilting with Angela Walters. Originally, I was going to quilt the chrysanthemum-looking flowers just in the border and figure out something different for the braids, but I couldn't think of anything else, so decided to do the flowers all over the top.
It wound up having great texture, but boy, was it tedious! Each pass took me about 40 minutes, and by the time I was done, my neck and back would be sore. It took me a month to work through it, and I finally finished it in early February.
|Closeup of quilting on the front|
|Texture on the back|
I did decide after finishing this top that the machine needed to be raised up and luckily we were able to get that done without having to take the machine off the frame. I've done one quilt since then and it is significantly better!
So, that's the first two months of the year - more to come soon.