Hello Everyone! I hope you are having a pleasant weekend! After a few warm days, we are back to cold and windy here. This week I finished the Autumn Star blocks and tossed them back into the pile without taking a picture, but that’s okay, they are all very similar. I also got back to quilting County Fair. A lot of time this week was spent making reservations for camping in April and going to Pensacola in May. It takes time to look at every available campsite and every condo so just the right one is selected. It was also time to work on taxes which I’m sure none of us enjoy. But by Thursday, most of those things were taken care of and I’ve been able to quilt.
When trying to decide on quilting designs, I like to see how other quilters have quilted the same quilt. It’s hard because so many quilts are not custom quilted and have an overall design. Working on my domestic sewing machine, it’s much easier for me to custom quilt my quilts because I can only work in a small area at a time. While searching for the County Fair quilt by Fig Tree, I found a custom quilted County Fair by long armer, Kathy of Tamarack Shack Longarm Quilting. I am shamelessly using her feather design in the colored units of the blocks. I will probably do something different in the background, though.
I started with the red units in the blocks. The fabrics are Christmas Figs by Fig Tree and if you are familiar with her fabrics, the reds are warm. I had a red Aurifil thread, 2250, that was usable, but just slightly darker than I wanted. I had a small spool of 2265, Lobster Red that was perfect on it. I debated on whether to order a large spool of the 2265 or go with 2250, but finally decided to wait on the 2265. I’ll show them both next time after I’m finished with the red quilting.
For the red sashing, I’m quilting opposite swirls. This picture shows one of my first groups. I did notice the quilting was getting better after doing so many. I’ll share an updated picture next week. I haven’t decided what I’ll do in the white portion of the sashing yet if anything. It may depend on what I do in the background.
My crafty daughter has taken up a new craft, crochet. She doesn’t start out easy on anything. She saw baby Yoda somewhere and sent a picture to me and asked if she could make it. I told her to practice a little then she should be okay.
She practiced making a square, then a round crochet piece. That was it before a baby Yoda was born. He’s the cutest!!!
That’s it for me today. We are going to my brother-in-laws this afternoon to watch the Daytona 500. I plan on taking some stitching with me because I told my husband I could not sit for hours without doing something. He rolled his eyes but that’s okay, my hands will be happy. Have a great week and thanks for stopping by.