To start with I spent some time making a quilt sandwich of a project I'm making for the Christmas in July blog hop. Which reminds me I must put the button on my sidebar. Anyway I pressed the top and the backing fabric and then made the quilt sandwich on the floor as John was using the dining table. I think I'm getting too old for crawling round the floor and of course Scamp and Picasso thought it was a great game so it took much longer than it should. I would show you the project but then I'd have nothing to show you on the blog hop.
Having done that I made a cup of tea and spent a little time with Scamp on my lap looking at Leah Day's book 365 Free Motion Quilting designs. Whilst slowly getting up this morning I had been thinking about the quilting on my compass quilt and decided I would have some fun with it. I've always wanted to do more FMQ but I've always chicken out at the last minute and stick with tried and tested. The quilt is for me so it doesn't matter if the quilting is wonky when it's finished so it's time to have fun.
Having used the book for inspiration and read all the tips, which were very useful I got started on the next section.
I really like the flowers on the nine patch. What I did find out today is that I find it really difficult to stitch in a straight line. I think I need a lot more practice at that. I had to put the quilt on the floor to take the photo and Picasso thought it was so he could play. It's a really good job all the pins and basting held otherwise I would have been cross with him.
He didn't give up the quilt willingly and I have the scratch to prove it. Having retrieved it from him I had to re roll the sides so I could get back to my quilting.
Now the centre square including the 9 patches is all complete. I'm loving how this is looking and more importantly I'm really enjoying the process. I wanted to carry on quilting but by this point I needed a rest from it as my shoulders were aching.
Picasso was pulling at the edges while I took the photo so I quickly folded the quilt up and put it out of his reach. Now I need to decide what I'm doing in the next triangular sections. I don't think I'll get to them until next week as I have other things I need to do.
I got quite a lot of stitching done on Abigail last night and I'm hoping to have her finished over the next week. Unfortunately I'm back at work on Monday so sewing time will slow down a lot. What I do need to do is make better use of my time as I've found I can get quite a lot done even if I only have half an hour free and it gives me a great sense of achievement.
So now it's time to finish cooking dinner as I'm now feeling very hungry.