Welcome to Main Crush Monday! Can you believe that today is the first Monday of December? We will have five more MCM’s and then it will be the start of a new year. Wow! Time is flying. The older I get, the faster the days go by. I wonder why that is?

Remember when we were kids and the days leading up to holidays just dragged by? Maybe it felt that way because as a child, all I had to do to prep for the holidays was wait it out while my Momma did all the work. Now, I’m the one doing all the holiday prep and it seems there aren’t enough hours in the day to do it all. But somehow it all manages to get done, so I guess it all works out in the end.

Last week I was pretty productive with customer quilts. I finished the quilting on three. I know that doesn’t sound like a lot, but I fit in quilting time while working at the quilt shop and teaching two quilting classes. So I’m pleased with the progress.

I had fun working on all three of these projects. The first one I got to play on was Janelle’s giant star quilt. I don’t know what she has named it, but in my mind I’ve been calling her quilt ‘Geese at Dawn’. The colors are so soft and pretty and remind me of an early morning barely pink sky, and I can picture that sky with a flock of geese gliding effortlessly through the air.

Geese at Dawn giant star quilt

Don’t you love the peek of my feet on the bottom of the quilt? I took it out on the deck to get a picture while the sun was sneaking out from behind the clouds and it was SO windy. The quilt kept wanting to blow away and I was afraid I would lose it across my yard so I stood on the bottom to keep it from going anywhere. At least I was wearing dark grey socks, so it all looks matchy-matchy. 🙂

I did a lot of ruler work on this quilt, and also used the channel locks on my machine. I have the electro-magnetic locks and they are the bees knees! I can lock my machine in position – vertical or horizontal – all at the flip of a switch beside the handles on  Freddie. I would totally recommend them to anyone who asks. Anyway…. lots of ruler work with a little free motion quilting tossed in.

Geese at Dawn giant star quilt

I had so much fun quilting those little paisleys. Are they perfect? Nope! But only the quilt police would notice, and since they aren’t allowed here I’m not worrying about it. I used Apricot Omni thread in the pink points and Steel Blue Omni thread in the gray points. I’m happy with the way the thread blends and just allows the texture and quilting to show.

CLose Up of paisley free motion quilting

Those paisley’s look like they are blowing willy-nilly in the wind!

The only other free motion work was in the flying geese, where I stitched different size L’s and E’s:

Detail of flying geese quilting

For all the straight line quilting, I used Glide thread #40 in Cool Grey. I’m becoming a huge fan of this thread. It has a pretty shine to it, and stands out on the quilt a little brighter than the more matte Omni I usually quilt with. I find I have to futz with the tension settings a bit, but once I find the sweet spot it stitches beautifully. Have you used Glide, and if so, what are your thoughts?

Moving on to Karen’s kitty quilt. This one is just so fun and uses some of my favorite Flower Mill by Corey Yoder fabrics:

Kitty quilt with Corey Yoder fabrics

I used an allover design on the cats – swirls and hearts. Those swirls & hearts are quickly becoming a customer favorite, and fit the fun vibe of this quilt. Karen made it for her sister, so I thought the hearts were fitting. They are difficult to see in the pic above, but the quilt has a nice soft texture from the quilting.

Kitty quilt with Corey Yoder fabrics

I’m excited for Karen to gift this to her sister – I’m sure she’s going to love it!

Some quilts are difficult for me to give back to their owners, and these two both fit in that category. Don’t worry though, if I ever quilt for you I will definitely return your quilt to you. I might pet it for a bit, but I will return it. I haven’t ever stolen a customer quilt. Yet…. LOL

Just for fun, here’s a pic of the wind taking over my photo shoot. I was standing on my deck and laughing out loud at how silly I must look juggling a blowing quilt and my camera. Good thing the neighbors were both out for the day!

The Wind wins during this quilt photo shoot!

The third quilt I finished is one I can’t show the full quilt just yet. But I snagged this shot of the fabulous texture and couldn’t wait to share it with you. In fact, you may have seen it on Instagram if you follow me there. If you don’t yet, come on over!

Rail Fence quilt with hobbs batting
I’m using Hobbs PolyDown batting and I’m in love with it. It quilts beautifully, really shows off the quilting, and keeps the quilt super cuddly and soft. Hubby commented that he would like to have this quilt. So I guess I’m going to be making a quilt for him. Sometime. Maybe after Christmas?

So that’s what has been happening in the Cooking Up Quilts studio aka sunroom. On the home front, I managed to get our Christmas tree put up and in the living room. It doesn’t have one light or decoration on it, but the tree. is. up. On November 30. Which is waaaay better than last year, when I think the tree went up a couple days before Christmas and I was so stressed I couldn’t see straight. So I’m way ahead of schedule this year! Yay me!

Now it’s your turn to share what’s going on in your world – what has you excited to be in your sewing space? You can link up any blog post, Instagram or Flick pic – here’s how:


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