Yes, you read that right! I had the cutest elephant mini quilt on the longarm last week and had the most fun quilting it up.

Elephant Mini Applique quilt quilted by Beth Sellers of Cooking Up Quilts

You know you’ve done something right when the client looks at the quilt and can’t contain her smile. She loved it, and that makes me love even more what I get to do every day.

I started the quilt with a vague idea of what I wanted to do: I knew there should be a sun, I wanted a crosshatch behind the water spouts, and there should be lots of doodle-type quilting all over. So that’s what I did.

I quilted the crosshatch first, and stitched around all the little applique pieces. Next came the sun, and it was pretty easy to do. Then came the fun part! I just started quilting. There are paisleys, funky feather things, pebbles, swirls, flowers, flowers with feathers, a leaf or two, and echoing to fill in some blanks. I didn’t think about it, I just started stitching.

Elephant Mini Applique quilt quilted by Beth Sellers of Cooking Up Quilts

Start to finish it took me about 3 hours to quilt this piece that measures 18″ x 25″. The crosshatching took the longest. The background was way easier but I would stitch for a bit and then walk away and do something else. This kept me from tensing up and overthinking it. I’ve been wanting to quilt something like this for a long time so I was super excited when this piece came along. And to top it off, Sandy gave me another mini – this one with birds and birdhouses – that I can’t wait to get loaded up! The ideas are already bouncing around in my head! LOL

Have you ever stitched this doodle type of quilting? If so, is it something you like or not so much? I’d love to hear your thoughts on quilting without a plan.

I also finished the star quilt I showed you last week, and it is now back home with the owner. I didn’t get a picture of the full quilt. It was so big and when the sun was out my quilt holder wasn’t available so it just didn’t work out. But I did get a shot of one corner of it after it was quilted:

Quilting by Beth Sellers of Cooking Up Quilts

I’m so happy with this finish, but more importantly, so was the client. This one was a lot of fun and even though there is a lot (LOT) of stitching, it worked up quickly. This was my first time using Glide 60 and it’s a great thread. I’ll definitely be using it in other quilts. I also used Superior Threads Magnifico for some shine in those green and gold fabrics and it performed like a star! (See what I did there? 🙂 ) I was very happy with both threads. Oh, and in the bobbin was my go to, Bottom Line by Superior.

This week will be super busy. I have appointments on Monday and will be working at the shop two days to help out during shop hop. In between all that I have started on the next custom job. This one is for Cheryl and I have to give her kudos for all the great piecing on this quilt.

I’ll share more about this quilt once it’s finished. It’s pushing me creatively and that’s exciting.

As I write this there’s another storm brewing. Thunder is rolling and the rain has just started hitting the window. I can truly say I am ready for some dry and warm days. I would love to have some pool time sometime soon!

I hope the weather is beautiful wherever you are, but if it’s not it’s a great time to spend some time sewing! What projects are you working on? I hope you’ll share them here – you can link up any blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic. Here’s how:

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