Quilting Friday and Saturday

No Black Friday shopping for my niece and me.  We stayed cozy in my Quilt Cave all day Friday.  Becky quilted on my long-arm and I worked on the finishing of my big UFO – the 2013 Designer Block of the Month from The Fat Quarter Shop.

First, Becky quilted a chevron baby quilt.

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Becky got very brave and used manual mode to do some fancy creative meandering.

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Next she worked on a Bullseye quilt.  The pattern is in an old Country Threads book.  I did the very same quilt years ago and it is one of my favorites.


A thread guide/spring flew out of the machine just as she was nearing the end, but she finished it up anyway and the missing part didn’t seem to make a difference.


Meanwhile I worked on cutting borders, making sashing and flying geese.  Today I finished up the 50 flying geese and got two rows of the quilt put together with sashing.



The finishing of this quilt is slow going, but it will be worth the effort.  Then the challenge will be the quilting.  I need lots more practice in order to do some custom work – which this quilt deserves.

The machine goes off to the dealer though to get repaired and cleaned.  It will be my Christmas present to me!


Using the long-arm

My friend and her daughter were here on Friday to use my quilting machine.  They had a scrappy quilt top made by the youth of our church.  This quilt will be raffled off and the money raised will help fund their 2015 Mission Trip.

This smart young lady did a great job quilting an artful meander all over the quilt.  She worked hard and fast.


Here is the finished quilt with mother and daughter.


It is always fun to spot a familiar fabric in a scrap quilt, like the famous Debbie Mumm sun flowers.


Meanwhile I worked on quilting (on my domestic machine) this little Jaybird Quilts “Rock Candy” table topper.  I used invisible thread to quilt in the ditch, and did some (kinda) straight lines in the border.


Is it Christmas yet?  My Christmas cactus is blooming beautifully as if it were Christmas, but it isn’t even Thanksgiving yet.