It seems like I've had nothing to share for a long time. The month of October was filled with many commitments, but I did make some time to sew.
A month or two ago, I took part in a quilt guild sew day. The leader presented me with 20 orphan blocks and said "see what you can do with these". LOL Well, the blocks only trimmed up to 8 inch unfinished, so lots of creating around them was needed to bring the finished quilt up to size. All the fabric parts for the top and most of the backing was provided from donations to the guild for the purpose of charity missions.
After lots of sewing, and tons more quilting, I finally presented it back to the guild yesterday. It will be used for a local quilt of valor mission. It turned out quite charming, if I do say so myself! (grin) I'm not usually in the photos because I'm the one taking the pictures. Here is a rare instance where I get to smile with my quilt.
I put alot of effort into the quilting. I quilt on a DSM and I do not possess coordination for smooth, free motion quilting. I am happiest and most comfortable with linear grids, sometimes decorative stitches and my walking foot.
I always let the block units determine how I want to quilt it. In this case, I stitched inside the blocks going in both directions, eyeballing the middle. Have you noticed how practiced we are getting at 'eyeballing' ? LOL Then I SITD around the blocks and around the sashings. The cream cornerstones were plain and boring, so I used one of my stitches and stitched the stars with red thread, using the motion we would do when we learned to hand draw a 5 point star in grade school. I was tickled with that idea and like it so much better than just a star outline.
This is what just came off my design wall. I am linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times and Connie of Freemotion by the River for Linky Tuesday .....where you will find out what other creative quilters are working on.
Thanks so much for stopping by!