January is a very busy month for me. I’m teaching three classes at the local quilt shop, hubby starts rehab today for 2 to 3 times per week, and quilts needing finished for the spring quilt shows are pouring in. So last week I didn’t have any personal sewing time, but I was able to work on some fun customer quilts.

This cute train quilt uses a simple patchwork pattern, but the fabric is so beautiful that it doesn’t need complicated piecing to make it shine.

Train quilt by Lura, quilted by Beth Sellers of Cooking Up Quilts

Don’t you think that any train lover, young or old, would adore this?

To keep with the locomotive theme, I found a fantastic pantograph to use. I kept the thread color light on top, and dark grey on the dark blue backing fabric. You can see the quilting design way better on the back:

Train pantograph

That thread color certainly doesn’t look dark grey does it? Trust me though, it is!

Another quilt I finished quickly was a Quilt of Valor made by one of the ladies in our local quilt guild. I never mind donating my services for a QOV quilt; I feel it’s the least I can do to try to say ‘Thank You’ to those who have fought for our country and the freedoms I enjoy. This quilt uses a panel and pieced blocks.

Quilt of Valor quilted by Beth Sellers of Cooking Up Quilts

The pantograph I used is called “Victory” and I purchased it from My Creative Stitches. It was one of their $5 panto’s, and as of yesterday it was still on sale. So if you need a quick and easy digital design for your own QOV quilts, hop on over to Christy’s site. (no affiliate) See a close up of the design below:

Victory pantograph by My Creative Stitches

Those are the only two quilts I can share with you today. I have a custom job loaded and it is taking waaay longer than I anticipated. But hopefully I’ll make good progress on it this week. And even though my schedule is crazy busy for the next few days, I’m going to try to fit in just 15 minutes of sewing every day so I can make more progress on my own projects. Hey, every little bit counts, right?

Have a great day!

NOTE: You may have noticed that I haven’t held the Main Crush Monday linky party yet this year. That’s because I’m trying to decide if I’m going to continue holding it or let it take a break.

I’d love to hear what you think. Do you like MCM? Do you want to see it continue? Do you feel that linking up brings readers/comments to your post? Any feedback you wish to leave would be greatly appreciated!