Welcome to Main Crush Monday! I’m happy you stopped by today.

It’s been a busy week and I was able to make more progress on the card trick blocks for my MIL’s quilt. Here’s what the design wall looks like right now:

Card Trick BlocksOnly 18 more blocks to make and then it will be ready for sashing. Although I kinda like the look of it without the sashing – those negative spaces are begging to be quilted with lots of fun designs!

I’ve been really relaxed while working on this quilt. Usually I have an overwhelming urge to hurry and get the top made so I can get on to the quilting, or to the next project. But with this one, I’m enjoying the process and doing whatever I can when I have a few minutes. It’s a refreshing change for me.

I finished two customer quilts last week and wanted to get outdoor pictures for you. But rain all weekend put a damper on my plans (see what I did there? 🙂 ) so all I have are indoor shots of one of them.

Diane made two quilts using the Labyrinth pattern. I have the first one quilted, and the second one is waiting on the frame for me to start the quilting.

Labyrinth QuiltThe designs I used for this quilt are clamshells, floppy feathers, figure eights, e’s and l’s,  and echoing. It was a lot of fun to stitch and went surprisingly fast. The clamshells are the easiest to see in the quilt – all the other designs are disguised by the dark print fabrics. It doesn’t show up in this picture, but that white is a shimmery, glittery fabric that looks soooo pretty.

Clamshells FMQI stitched in the ditch around the center star, added some feathers on the inside, and then used e’s and l’s around the star. I didn’t measure the size of the star, but I loved being able to quilt the entire center section without having to advance the quilt. Just one of the many reasons I love my Freddy Fusion!

Center Star Labyrinth QuiltI did want to share a tip on how I handled stitching the figure 8’s on fabric where the thread blended really well. On those sections I echoed  a half inch along the top and bottom sides of the piecing. It was difficult to see the echo lines, and I didn’t want to stitch on top of them. So I placed a piece of blue painters tape on both lines. The tape provided a great ‘border’ and I just stitched on the inside. Easy peasy!

The arrow points to the echo line – see how difficult it is to see?

This week will be the last of the Beginning Quilting classes and then I’ll have a small break before the next session begins. I hope to get more personal sewing done, and tackle Diane’s second labyrinth quilt. I can’t decide if I should use the same quilting design or change it up a bit. One of the quilts is for her; the other one she’ll be giving to a friend. What would you do?

Now it’s your turn to share what you are working on and what has you excited to be in your sewing space. You can link any blog post – here’s how:

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