Okay, we’re already a week into 2018 and so far things are going my way. I have been able to spend time in my sewing room working on projects I want to work on. That rejuvenates my creative side, and helps keep me calm. Do any of you feel that way?

Now that the holiday slow down is over business has picked up. As of today I have nine customer quilts that need to get quilted. So Freddie Fusion and I will be spending a lot of time together! That is always fun.

For the past several days I’ve been busy working on an embroidery project for a local bank. You might remember I bought an embroidery machine in November. It was not (and is not) my intention to take on commercial embroidery projects. But this one came along unexpectedly and is for my sister, so how could I say no? (My number one, two, and three goals for 2018 is to learn to say ‘NO’. I’m gonna have trouble making those goals!) 🙂

Anyway, this project has been keeping me busy and I’m really enjoying it. I’m not going to show any pictures because these items are for the employees and they won’t receive them until tonight.

What I can show you is the progress I’m making on the HST project. While the embroidery machine is working away on its design, I’m sitting at my sewing machine stitching blocks together. Hooray! A two-fer project! It’s been incredibly fun to work on two things at once AND feel like I’m making good progress on both.

HST Blocks

Those blocks are now rows. With this kind of progress, this quilt might not take me as long as I originally thought!

Center rows of shark quiltIf you look closely you can see I veered off the original design a bit. I was going to put a sashing strip in between the top and bottom sections of the HST blocks, which would split the blocks and make the quilt a bit longer. But I really didn’t want to order more fabric. After all, I started with 2 free charm packs. I have a half yard of the grunge and I’m hoping it will be enough to add all the strips I want. I know, I could do the math and know for sure but where’s the fun in that? I think I’ll just be surprised…

Here’s what the original layout looked like:

HST QuiltHopefully I’ll get to work on this quilt again later in the week.

I also have an update on the bird quilt. Leslie bought the backing fabric last week, so it will be ready to go on the longarm later this week. I have two to finish before this one, so I better get to stitching! She chose a lovely green print that complements the pieced front beautifully.

Thanks for all your suggestions on quilting designs. I’m going to sketch out a couple before we decide on one. I’ll keep you updated.

These projects are what I’m crushing on this week, now it’s time for you to share yours. I hope you’ll join the party! I love to see what everyone is working on. You can link up any blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic – here’s how:

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