Welcome to the Tuesday edition of Main Crush Monday. 🙂 I hope you’ve had some time to visit the new bloggers introduced yesterday for the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop. If not, take time today and be sure to enter the giveaways. We have a great list of sponsors and it would be wonderful to show them your support.

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen a few pics I posted from my trip to Paducah over the weekend. Getting to go to the AQS show was a last minute opportunity that I couldn’t pass up and I had the most amazing time. There is soooo much inspiration in the quilts I saw, and I came home ready to start up the sewing machine.  I was so inspired I was able to finish the quilting on a top pieced by my sister. There was even a break in the stormy weather and so I grabbed a few quick pics.

Custom Quilting DetailAs soon as Sis sent me a pic of the quilt I knew that I wanted to quilt the shapes she had pieced in the white borders and I couldn’t wait for her to send the top to me.

Quilting Detail SLQTo echo the shapes, I made a paper template and used a water soluble pen to outline the twist. The quilting is dense back and forth straight line quilting.


Checkerboard quiltingThe checkerboard design was easy to recreate – I marked the lines for spacing and did the same dense back and forth quilting.

For the center panel I used a ruler and stitched diagonal lines about a 1/2″ apart. I love the texture that diagonal quilting adds to a quilt. It just might be my favorite design.

For the rest of the quilt I simply stitched in the ditch along all the borders. I thought about stitching something more dense, but with the print in the fabric it wouldn’t show. I also wanted to keep the quilt cuddly and soft so I held back on quilting it too densely.

Sis used Warm & Natural Plush batting and wow, I really like how it makes this quilt feel! It was easy to stitch through and the quilt is so snuggly. I may have to try that batting in one of my own quilts.

Finished Deer QuiltThis quilt gets mailed out today, so it will soon be delivered to its new home and I can check it off my to-do list. Yay!!

New Machine Update: Handi Quilter shipped my long arm on Friday, so it is making its way across the US this very minute. Whoop! Definitely a lot for me to crush on this week!

Now let’s check out some of the crushes you linked last week:

Cindy of Stitchin At Home used phone book pages for foundation piecing her string blocks for her quilt. Now that’s smart!

Photo by Cindy of Stitchin At Home

Look at the colors Linda of Pieceful Kingdom is using in her quilt Jol. This will be so pretty – I really like that color combo.

Photo by Linda of Pieceful Kingdom

Anna of Sew Knot Often Enough finished this beautiful quilt in cool colors. It is to be raffled at a benefit and I hope it raises lots of money. I’m obsessed with the cool colors against that gray background!

Photo by Anna of Sew Knot Often Enough

Okay – party time!

I hope you’ll link up what you are crushing on this week…anything that has you excited to be in your sewing space. You can link any blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic – here’s how:

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