Recently, I finished machine quilting Foothills on the Bernina Q20 Sit-Down Longarm:
I adore this quilt and have written about it before: The Quilt A-Long, and Changing My Mind as well as a few other times--use the Search box in the upper Left for Foothills to find them all.
The quilting designs I came up with please me and, overall, my free motion and ruler work quilting are getting better. Binding is almost done, sleeve is in place and the label is ready to attach.
Hand quilting is also something I enjoy though I do less of it now than I did years ago. My older hands feel the strain of such repetitive motion so I save it for special quilts.
This year I was fortunate to get accepted into the doll quilt swap run by Needle Thimble and Thread on Instagram. It is a small group swap and those who participated the year before get first chance at signing up for the current year. If there are any open spots, a couple new folks might be added.
I got in! And the rules are simple: no smaller than 14" X 14", no larger than 18" x 18", handquilting only, wool or cotton batt, reproduction fabrics, and your best work is expected. And stick to the timeline. Reasonable requirements. You can see many photos of these quilts in progress on Instagram: #ntatdqs2020 Many of them are amazingly beautiful and complex!
The day I was accepted, I made my top--from 3" blocks made with the Stay at Home sampler patterns from Temecula Quilt Company on Instagram
Later in July it will be sent off to it's new home...
And, then, sometimes, I make a project with no quilting at all. I saw these silhouette projects while teaching in Texas last year, and bought one. This week I finally took the time to make it:
There was very little time involved--watching the video was especially helpful: Stirrups and Stitches
There is a wide variety of patterns available, no sewing at all, so this would make a great project to do with an interested kid. Hung in a window, the batik fabric really glows.
So there you have my quilting life at this time. Do you prefer to hand or machine quilt?