Welcome to another Main Crush Monday! I hope you had a great weekend, and if you celebrated Thanksgiving last week I hope you enjoyed your time with family and/or friends.

It was very low-key here and I really enjoyed our day. I didn’t get any sewing done for myself, but I did finish the quilting on several customer projects and I’m pleased about that. I finished three table runners, one wall hanging, and one throw size quilt. I’m going to share the wall hanging and small quilt with you. I didn’t get pictures of the table runners because they were on a tight deadline.

First up, look at this adorable tiger panel wall hanging:

Conroe tigers wall hanging

It’s a small quilt — only 35″ square — but it makes such an impact! I just love the tiger panel. But it was a bit unnerving to have those eyes staring so intently the entire time I was quilting. I told my husband I didn’t want to mess this up because this magnificent creature would be upset with me. LOL

This beautiful quilt will be auctioned to raise money for a high school in Texas. Can you guess the name of the school? 🙂

For the quilting, I kept it simple with straight lines to emphasize the triangles in the border, stitch in the ditch for the inner border, and a tiger hair type design in the panel. Below is a better close-up of the quilting in the panel.

Quilting the Conroe Tiger quilt

I really wanted to do a bit of thread painting on the tiger to emphasize the coloring of the fur. But I didn’t for a couple of reasons – first, it’s not what the customer asked for and second, I haven’t tried that technique yet. I would never try a new technique on a customer’s quilt (unless I was pretty confident of the outcome and the customer was okay with it.) Guess I’ll have to get my own tiger panel and try it. It sounds like so much fun! Have you done any type of thread painting on your machine?

The throw quilt I got to play on was this courthouse steps quilt:

Courthouse steps quilt pattern

This was a quicky project. The top was pieced nicely and was straight and square on the longarm. We used Hobbs Poly for the batting and I stitched a simple meander design to keep the quilt soft and cuddly. I like this Hobbs batting so much and plan to use it in the secret projects I’m working on for Christmas. It lets the quilt stay so soft and drape beautifully. I really wanted to snuggle up with this one!

And one more picture I want to share with you…on Friday I did some shopping with my best friend Leslie. It’s something we do every year. We might be a little slower, and it might take me a bit longer to rest up, but we still go our and mingle with all the other cray cray shoppers! And do our own cray cray things:

black friday shopping

I mean, when you see a gigantic red bow on top of a washing machine what are you suppose to do? You stick it on top of your head and get your picture taken. Even if there are a gazillion people around looking at you like you’re nuts. Because, well, we are a bit nuts….  We did a few other crazy things, but I’m keeping those pics under wraps. 🙂

I’ve shared my picks for Main Crush Monday, now it’s time for you to share yours! What projects are you working on that has you excited to be in your sewing space this week? You can link up any blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic – here’s how:

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