In the last few months, I’ve been working on a quilt. It is a lap size quilt that I designed and for which I’d like to sell the pattern on my own (instead of being published in a book or magazine). I’m writing it as I go. It’s a first one and it is a long process. As I was saying to a friend, it is always easier to get the motivation to work on projects for other people like gifts or ones that have a deadline. So, this one has been pushed back many times. I’ve had the fabrics for a while (see this post). The fabrics are from the Treetop Fancy collection by Tina Givens combined with some Kona cottons in Aqua and Snow. I had done a sketch for the quilt even before that.
I’m using Aurifil for a second time and I would say it is going pretty smoothly for FMQ. I used Aurifil 2021 to match Kona Snow for the negative space and Aurifil 5006 to match Kona Aqua in the squares. The aqua thread is finer (50 wt compared to 40 wt for the one matching Snow). This is perfect as I’m using it on prints of different colors, so it blends more with the fabrics. All the squares are quilted and about 3/4 of the negative space too. My flower pattern is pretty dense. So, my only worry is that I’ll end my 1000 meter spool before I get to the end. Then I would need to order a new spool … Here you can see what is left compared to a brand new spool in another color.
My quilt has been on my machine table for a bit more than a month now. I’m doing some half hours quilting here and there. I have been thinking of buying a second machine for a while. This project convinced me to do it. I had a few other small projects I wanted to do and didn’t want to wait until this was finished. Anyway I can’t quilt all day long. So, I looked around if I could find a used Janome machine. I wanted the same brand as my main machine to be able to use my sewing feet on both. Finally, I ordered a new really basic machine: a Janome My Style 100.
I’m really happy with my decision. This will be perfect for our sew-ins at the Montreal MQG. I can’t wait for our next one which will be in October. Anyway, until then I really need to get this quilt done so I can show it to you.