Welcome to the last Monday in June (can you believe it??), and to another edition of Main Crush Monday.

I apologize for being MIA lately….life intervened and interrupted me and my schedule as it sometimes wants to do. But I’ve gotten a handle on things and am back, so let’s see some quilty goodness worth crushing on!

I have made so much progress in the last two weeks. Many of you know I started quilting Star Blossom, the quilt I pattern tested for Tish & Dave. There was a lot, I mean a LOT of ruler work with some fun swirls mixed in to keep things interesting. I finally got it quilted — it took me a week — and now all that’s left is some touch up stitching here and there and the binding. Touch up stitching because I made a design change after the first row of blocks was quilted. Nothing major, but it requires some picking out of stitches and re-quilting those small sections.

This quilt deserves a post of its own, so I’ll share details on it as soon as the binding is done. For now, you can see this one pic. The quilt is so big, it took both my boys to hold it up and it still dragged the ground!

Star Blossom Quilt Pattern

In addition to Star Blossom, I finished the quilting on three customer quilts. Freddie and I are getting along so well! After all the bumps were worked out (remember the stitch regulator and handle bar lights both needed replaced), he is powering through all the work I give him. There’s a new man in my life, and his name is Handi Quilter “Freddie” Fusion! 🙂

These next two quilts were found by a son and his wife after his mother passed away. He doesn’t remember when his Mom made the tops so I don’t know how old they are. I love how scrappy they are, and I especially love the blue background of the first one. It’s so refreshing to see a background color other than white! I’m going to have to remember that in my own piecing.

Blue Scrappy Quilt

Brown Scrappy Quilt

You can see both these quilts use the same pattern, but the squares are a bit bigger in the brown one. Does anyone know what this pattern is called? I think I might like to make one of my own….

For the quilting, I stitched big loopy flowers all over on both tops. It turned out to be the perfect design. It was fun to stitch, and added great texture. You can see the design better on the brown one, so I took a close-up picture of that for you.

Loopy Flower FMQ

The third quilt I finished is made of all half square triangles. It was the perfect quilt to try a pantograph design on.

Here’s a close-up of the design:

Pantograph designPantographs sound easy – just follow the lines with the laser light and stitch a perfect pattern on your quilt, right? Um, no…. I won’t say it’s difficult because it really isn’t. But with the first couple of passes, I did have a hard time getting the curves to look curvy and not flattened.

I soon figured out I needed to loosen up, look at where I wanted the laser to go and not where it was, and just let my movements be smooth instead of jerky. It was fun to do, and I can see that pantographs can be useful. However, I’m not sure how many of them I will do simply because I enjoy free motion quilting so much. And I found it disconcerting to be behind the quilt looking at a laser light and not watching my needle and thread.

I’m happy that the quilt turned out as well as it did. It belongs to my sister who made it as a “use up some of my scraps” quilt, so it was a good top to practice on. Thanks Wissa!

HST Quilt

So that is all my crush-worthy goodness for this week. I have several more tops to quilt so I’ll be busy, but it’s a fun busy and makes me so grateful to be able to call this my job.

Now it’s time to share your projects! I’d love to see what you are working on and what has you excited to be in your sewing space this week. You can link any blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic – here’s how:

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