1.05.2011

Tulips are in Bloom!

I have begun quilting my tulip table square and am so excited with how it's coming along! 

I am doing a really random loopy-doopy quilting (very technical quilting name) in light pink on the top (beige on the bottom) and enjoying the freedom of free motion quilting.  I can see that my circles are getting more round, I'm taking more chances making up the design as I go, and I'm getting better at not getting myself stuck in a corner, ha!

Here's a sneak peak.


The texture is so amazing!  I really like how it feels on my fingers and the visual puffs and valleys created by the quilting are neat too!


Yes, I had the whole thing quilted when I flipped it over and found a fold on the backside which lead me to rip out nearly 1/2 of the quilting -- if you follow me on twitter, then you have already heard all about it.  That's what I get for trying to quilt too late in to the night.  Darn fold!

This will get a quick straightening/ironing and then I should be able to finish the quilting and attach the binding!

As for my X Marks the Spot quilt, I haven't made any more progress, but I did get to show my MIL what I have done so far (she is the one who gave me the gift card which purchased the fabric).  It was fun to show her and talk about where I want to take the quilt.  It's even more special because she 'gets' my excitement!

I did however, take advantage of a great sale and picked up a while flannel sheet.

Why you ask?

To make one of these!  I have seen so many of these design walls and decided it's exactly what I need to let this quilt marinade in my head properly.  I am using a twin size flannel sheet and right now it is folded in half.  I'm not sure if I have a place to spread it out any more, but I still already appreciate the stick and play ability. 

And no joke, within 1 hour of having this 'design wall' up I had laid out a few blocks and formed these larger X's and already I have more spark behind where I think I am going to take this.  Now, I just need a few quiet minutes to make it happen.  Can't wait!

Hope your projects are humming along nicely and you are getting a great start to the new year!


Work in Progress (WIP) StatsLast WIP Wednesday Total: 2
New Projects: 0 (although I have two bouncing around in my head)
Finished Projects: 0
Total WIP's: 2

---Linking to W.I.P. Wednesday---

7 comments:

My Sweet Prairie said...

ooooooooooooh I saw a quilt with those tulips in a book at quild and oooooh they are so pretty!! hmmm... some day. That is so pretty!!!
there you go.
you did it again.
I came to your page, and now I'm all happy!!

: )

Elizabeth D. said...

A flannel sheet set for a design wall? Brilliant!!!

Love that loopy-doopy quilting, sorry to hear about the fold, though. I did that on a quilt once, and I cursed the entire time I was ripping out the quilting. This is going to look so pretty when it's done! Happy WiP Wednesday to you :)

A.J. Dub. said...

Such pretty colors! I love tulips. I will have to make something like this someday.

Have fun with your new design wall!

Diane said...

Yea for having a design wall! I still have a design floor.

Melanie said...

Sorry to hear about the fold on the back of your quilt. That happens to me more often than I like to admit! Can't wait to see your X marks the spot quilt come together! It looks beautiful on your new design wall!

Lee said...

Aren't design walls fantastic??!! I just put mine up a few weeks ago and just love it. I made mine floor to ceiling! Interesting way of decorating, right? : )

Ugh, the fold on the back of the quilt. That is The Worst. You handled it better than I would have, I hate ripping out stitches! But it's looking just beautiful, good job on the FMQ.

Thanks for linking up with WIP Wednesday! Have a great week! : )

Melissa said...

SOO pretty!!

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