I'm very happy to say that I've actually been getting quite a bit of quilting time as of late. I've actually flip flopped my routine and instead of quilting late at night I am now quilting in the morning most days for 2-3 hours. In the evenings I'm now working on hand work and binding. I can't believe what I've been able to get done. Here are three things I've been working on:
This tablerunner was just featured in the Quiltmaker magazine special feature about small quilts. I loved the colors and fabrics and knew that I had similar fabrics. I had never tried English paper piecing so I thought I'd give it a try. It was definitely challenging, but not impossible! It took me three weeks to finishe the hand-piecing and then another week to machine quilt and finishe by edges by hand. I am very proud of this project -- it was great trying something new. I'm already planning another one using Christmas fabrics but in a hexagonal shape (like Grandmother's flower garden).
This quilt I call "Scarppy Charm." It was a practice piece that I whipped out a few mornings ago. My primary reason for making it was to practice a twisted ribbon quilting design that I am going to use for my quilt that is going to be in the magazine, Quiltmaker, in Jan/Feb 2011. I wasn't quite confident about the design so I also quilted the next quilt too, using the twisted ribbon design.
As I said above, this quilt was my second practice piece for the twisted ribbon quilt design. I had made the top a few years ago, but had never completed it. I pulled it out and decided that I could use it to practice the design, too. I call it "Candy Ribbons." It's not often that you get to see the back of a quilt, so I included a photo to show you the quilting. I'm pleased with how it turned out and I'm now ready to quilt the magazine quilt -- not only did I quilt two quilts in the process, I even finished a UFO!