Welcome back to Main Crush Monday! I’ve missed all the wonderful links the past few weeks, but I hope you understand why I had to put the linky party on hold. The 2018 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop has been a lot of fun, and I know all the new bloggers appreciate the time you took to visit and comment. I hope you found some new blogs to follow, and were inspired by all the ‘getting to know you’ posts. I love reading all the stories about how/why someone started their quilting/blogging journey. It’s very inspiring!

I’ve been pretty busy with my quilting, working hard to catch up on all the customer quilts I have to do while trying to make progress on some of my personal projects. This is what is on my longarm now:

Finished HST Quilt

Remember when I was working on the William Morris half square triangle quilt? That’s been, um, quite a few months ago. I finally worked it into my schedule and loaded it up to start the quilting. I’m pretty motivated because I entered this quilt into a local quilt show next month (gulp!) so I need to get it finished!

I’ll admit I have really struggled with the quilting plan for this one. I thought I knew how I was going to quilt it, but once I started it went in a whole different direction. It’s one thing to have a stitching plan, and then have it fall apart when one realizes their skill level is not up to executing said plan. 🙂 I’ve been back to the drawing board many times. I’ve lost track of just how many times I’ve sketched this quilt. I finally decided to just start quilting, which isn’t the best way to approach a project like this, but I’m up against a deadline.

First there were the HSTs at the top of the quilt:

Half square triangle quilt with free motion quilted diamond sashingI’m not 100% satisfied with these blocks, especially the background triangles, and I may go back and add another motif if I have the time. They feel a bit empty to me. However, I do love the diamonds in the sashing strips. They were so much fun to quilt and stitch up pretty quickly. I have more of those to do in the bottom part of the quilt.

Then I got to the middle section of the quilt.

Curved Crosshatch quilting on Half Square Triangle quiltThese rows have been a lot of fun, and I love that curved crosshatch. I have wanted to do that for a long time. I received a set of The Quilted Pineapple rulers for Christmas and they have been waiting patiently for me to put them to work. Here’s a pic of one block with the top and bottom half of the crosshatch stitched out:

Curved Crosshatch using rulers by The quilted PineappelIsn’t that so pretty? It is taking a good bit of time to quilt these rows. I’m still working on the first row and I have two more to do. This project probably won’t be finished until the weekend; I have to work two days this week and that cuts into my stitching time. I know, whine, whine. But really, which is more important – work or quilting? I say QUILTING!LOL

I don’t have any idea what I’m going to stitch inside the print section of the blocks. I am open to suggestions. I’ve been scouring Pinterest and stalking all my Instagram friends for inspiration. If you have any thoughts I’d love to hear them!

So there’s what I’m crushing on for this Main Crush Monday; I can’t wait to read about yours! But first, here’s a shot of the rainbow we had on Saturday. I snapped this right before it faded. This was the view from my front porch. It was so bright and pretty!

Rainbow in the blue skyNow it’s your turn to share your projects. I’d love to read about what has you excited to be in your sewing space this week. You can link any blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic – here’s how:

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