Wow. This week there is so much to crush on for Main Crush Monday. But before I start, let me apologize to everyone who linked up last week. I didn’t visit everyone’s blog (something I always try to do) because after Monday, my week ran away with me.

Tuesday I had a, um, not so pleasant visit with an oral surgeon. It’s not his fault the visits aren’t pleasant. He’s a perfectly nice guy (and a real cutie pie too!) But after our visit and for the rest of the week I spent a lot of time in a drugged stupor waiting for the pain and swelling to go away. Every time I tried to read a blog post or email I fell asleep. There are now more than 1600 emails in my inbox. Mostly junk, but hidden amongst them are little gems that I can’t wait to find.

Piano keys and feathers free motion quilting

But all is better now – I was actually able to eat real food on Sunday, so now I’m a happy camper. 🙂

On Saturday I had the pleasure of meeting two of my blogging friends in person. Tish of TishnWonderland and Dave The Quilt Engineer came for a visit to my LQS and I was able to meet up with them.

Tish-&-Me

How cute is her smile?!

We had a great visit, chatting about all things quilting, in the middle of a quilt shop and surrounded by scads of fabric. Tish played on some of the long arm machines in the shop and Dave bought fabric for Yvonne’s Snowflake Shimmer Quilt-Along. They are a wonderful couple and I can’t wait to visit with them again!

Let me just say: It is sooo fun to meet in person that someone behind the emails, comments, text messages, and phone calls. If you have an online quilty friend, I encourage you to try to get together. It is so uplifting. Julie – you are next!! 🙂

Even though I spent much of last week in a fog, I was able to finish the quilting on a charity quilt for the Wanna Bee Quilters Guild. The design is a disappearing four patch, and I love that they kept the colors to red and white.

Red & White Disappearing Four PatchAt first I was a bit stumped on how I was going to quilt it. I usually do an edge to edge design for this group, but those big white spaces were just begging for something custom and I *had* to do it.

You know me and feathers….I have a love/hate relationship with them. I love them, but am a bit scared to do them. After working on a couple of practice pieces, we decided that feathers in a circle would be the design to use. So, I dived right in and started.

FMQ Feathers in a CircleI’m pretty pleased with the way they look. More practice is needed for size consistency, but overall they look okay. This design would have been beautiful stitched with a red thread – it really would have popped in that white space. That will have to wait until I am more comfortable stitching those feathers.

I stitched easy diagonal lines in the red blocks for two reasons – to keep the cost of the quilting down and to keep the quilt soft and cuddly. It worked. I would love to snuggle up with this quilt. It is so soft and has a wonderful drape.

Disappearing four patch red and white quilt

For the border, I stitched a piano key design. I have used this design a few times on other projects and will definitely use it again. I love how it just perfectly finishes a quilt border. If you’re curious, I used my HQ Versa-Tool ruler for the border. It’s the handiest little ruler! I use it more than any other I own.

Piano keys and feathers free motion quiltingThis beauty was mailed back to the guild today so they can start selling tickets. It will be auctioned this fall and I’m excited to buy my ticket for a chance to win! 🙂

I hope you had a chance last week to visit all the bloggers who participated in the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop. You can find a list of them here, and the FREE pattern for the paper-pieced table topper I shared is available in my Craftsy shop. Go grab your copy!

This week I have a purple/white log cabin quilt to quilt for a customer, and lots of tomato juice to can. I would also love to find time to work a little on my twelve year quilt but that’s probably pushing it. It’s going to be a busy week!

Now, on to you and your crushes. I promise to visit each and every one of you who link up this week, so let’s see what you are working on! You can link up any blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic – here’s how:

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