I'm almost done quilting "Dalmations in Diamonds". I decided to quilt it with straight lines using a walking foot. It takes more time to do this kind of walking foot quilting. But I thought that using free motion quilting might distract from the design of the dog blocks.
The quilting pattern echoes the central square block, making a 90 degree turn across the block. Looks easy, but isn't. Even with the needle in the down position and checking to make sure the quilt relaxed and not pulling, I still get "peaks" sometimes at the corner. I know that's due to the quilt moving with the first stitch after the turn. When my house got painted this summer, I took my quilting table set up down and never put it back. Looks like I really do need tables behind and to the left of the sewing table to support the quilt.
Here are some other projects I'm also been doing. Left to right:
- I knit a sweater for a Bamboletta Cuddle Doll using the sweater pattern on Bamboletta's blog. It was snowing the afternoon I finished it. I took her outside to get a photo in natural light and ended up with a great snow angel shot!
- I've been participating in the 40 daily drawing challenge by I Still Matter. Daily prompts can be found on Instagram using the hashtag #40ddc2017. Here's a pen and a watercolor wash cyclamen for the prompt--"Flower". Some days it just takes a few minutes. Sometimes it takes longer. And I'm still stumped by the prompt "pattern"! Challenges like this get me to try things I might do on my own.
- I'm also doing Creativebug.com's new Creative Boot Camp hosted by Lisa Congdon. One day the project was creating simple flowers with paper collage. I used some origami paper I had on hand. Turns out that playing with scissors and glue is still a whole lot of fun!!