Happy Monday! I hope the cool down that is coming today in the States affects you and you’ll have a much more comfortable day today. I know I’m looking forward to it!

Last week I told you I was going to share pics of the quilt top given to me by my M-I-L and pieced by my hubby’s grandmother. I’m still going to do that, just not today. I thought I would be able to finish the binding but it’s still not done. So before I show it I want to get that binding on. Hopefully that happens in the next few days. So hang in there – it’s coming. I promise!

One of the special projects I was privileged to quilt last week was Cindy’s beautiful table runner:

Hunter Star table runner quilted by Beth Sellers of Cooking Up Quilts

She made this Hunter Star table runner in a class held in March during a local quilt show and asked me to quilt it. Cindy wanted a ‘special touch’ so that’s what I tried to give her.

Hunter Star table runner quilted by Beth Sellers of Cooking Up Quilts

Cindy asked for gold thread. I didn’t have the right color in Glide or Magnifico, but Isacord to the rescue! It’s just gold enough to show off, but not so bright it screams ‘look at me’. I hate when thread screams at me…. LOL

I like using Isacord. It’s strong enough to stand up to the high speed of the longarm, doesn’t shred, and I never have tension issues with it. I would love to say the same about Glide but can’t. I like Glide but sometimes have problems using it.

I used a ruler from The Quilted Pineapple to create the curved crosshatch in the light triangles, stitched dot-to-dot in the green triangles, and then added easy continuous curves in the stars. On this project, the border is what I struggled with the most. I knew piano keys would look good, but how to work around the odd shape of the ends? This is what I came up with and I’m pretty happy with how it looks:

Hunter Star table runner quilted by Beth Sellers of Cooking Up Quilts

Cindy added a pretty gold binding, which was just perfection. I don’t have a pic of that.

I did manage some personal sewing this week and, wait for it, it’s another new project! I know, I know! You’re saying “Stop Beth – you don’t NEED another new project!” And I’m saying “I know, you’re right, but I couldn’t help myself” And you’re saying “I totally understand – I’m the same way” And then we end up patting each other’s shoulder in a “we’re in this together” kind of way. Whew! Thanks for understanding….

Anyway. I’m taking a class at the local quilt shop. I’m hoping that by taking class I’ll be forced to keep up. Because I wouldn’t want to be embarrassed in front of a group of friends, right? The sample quilt was made in gray, black, and gold but I chose a totally different path:

Tula and Alison fabrics play together

See all that luscious Tula Pink fabric? With a touch of Alison Glass? Oh yeah! The block above is being called Inner Block 1 in the quilt. And here is the square in a square blocks we had to make:

Tula and Alison fabrics play together

This is going to be a fun one to put together and I’m looking forward to the next class on August 3rd. I’m especially excited that I was able to get ALL my blocks made during class and didn’t leave with any homework! If I can keep that up, I might be able to finish my quilt along with everyone else. 🙂

So that’s what I’m up to in my sewing room. How about you? What are you working on that has you excited to be in your sewing space? You can share here for Main Crush Monday – link up any blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic. Here’s how:

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