{I apologize for the lateness of this post. Apparently I’m date challenged and scheduled it to post a day later than I should have. Duh….}

Welcome to Main Crush Monday. It’s the last Monday of October! Can you believe this time next week we’ll be in November?? 2018 is almost over and before we know it 2019 will be here. Whew! Time is really just zipping by….sometimes my days go by in a blur. Too bad I haven’t figured out how to slow down time. Since I can’t, I better find a way to get as much done as I can!

With that being said, let me tell you I haven’t made very much progress in my sewing room this week. I’ve been doing a lot of project prep, getting ready for the retreat I’ll be attending next week. I’m getting really excited for 4-1/2 days of intense sewing! So there’s not a lot to show you on that front. BUT, I have been working hard on my longarm on the cutest customer quilt. Diane pieced these holiday boxes and I’m having fun doing the quilting.


Holiday gift boxes quilt

When I first loaded the top I had so many ideas floating through my head (yep, there’s that much empty space! šŸ™‚ ) but I had to rein it in and make some decisions. Diane told me to ‘do your thing’ with the quilting. While that is exciting, it does present some challenges. There are no boundaries, but there are also no parameters. So I had to let the quilt do some talking, and I had to listen. I knew that I wanted to stitch different motifs in the boxes, but I didn’t want anything too detailed as the fabrics are too busy to show off any detailed quilting. I also thought it would look good if the background of each block had a different motif. Combining that with different motifs in the gift boxes I felt would be too much and make the quilt too busy to look at. To keep some continuity I finally decided to make all the backgrounds the same but still mix up the quilting within the gift boxes. I think it was the right decision. We’ll all see once the top is finished!


gift box quilt top background quilting

All the backgrounds are quilted with diagonal lines 3/4″ apart. Like half a cross hatch I guess. I’ve left the ribbons unquilted so they kind of pop against the gift boxes. The boxes are quilted with squiggly lines, wishbones, swirls, loops, watery lines and meandering. Once the weather clears up and we have some sunshine I can get pictures to show off the texture of the quilting and you’ll be able to see each of those motifs. In the sashing I’m doing ribbon candy because, well, ribbon candy on a quilt with gift boxes! It’s a very good thing.


Border treatment on holiday gift box quilt
I have no idea what to call the design in the red/green border. It’s like a loopy ribbon candy design. I know I’ve seen this in a free motion quilting book at the shop but should look to see what they call it. I first started stitching it when I saw it on Instagram stitched by @rubybluequilts. Then I saw it on the cover of one of the books in the store. If I remember I’ll check it out and let you know what they call it. Or, if you know, please share in the comments.

Anyway, that’s happening in the first two borders, and then there’s just some back and forth action going on in the outermost white border.

This quilt is taking me longer than I expected, but mostly because I have other commitments that keep me away from my machine. Hopefully I’ll finish it up this week. I know Diane will be excited to see it when it’s done.

That’s it for me for this week. But just to prove I’ve been working in my sewing room, here’s a glimpse of my work table (it’s a mess):


My work table - projects in progress

Now it’s your turn to show off what you’ve been working on. What has you excited to be in your sewing space? You can share any blog post, Flickr or Instagram pic – here’s how:


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