So sharing is a rather à propos topic for this day, and for this week for those of you who read Sew Fresh Quilts on Wednesday. Most quilters share. They share fabric, sources for fabric, patterns, quilting tools, tips, advice, designs, photos of our projects, the list goes on. I have benefited from this sharing so many many times. I hope I have reciprocated as much in return.
I gave you a sneak peek at a cow muzzle a few days ago. I have two entire cows done now! These are January (blue) and February (pink) blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge at SoScrappy. Yellow is March, so she will have to wait until we are back home in Kingsville to be made.
They are paper-pieced from Piecemeal Quilts, a pattern she kindly shared on her blog. I just love these whimsical, personality-filled cows! They will be going to an aunt when they all become a quilt. They are 12" unfinished, so I will be sewing a 1/2" border on two sides to make them a standard 12" block.
For my followers who are not quilters, here is a glimpse of the ten sections of the paper-pieced pattern.
My good friend Judy who writes a most wonderful and inspirational blog, Quilt Paradigm, told me of two sources for quilting stencils. I ended up buying the same stencil she has also purchased for her going-to-be-out-of-this-universe linen quilt. I didn't intend to buy the same stencil, but I guess I did. My mum used to say when someone copies you, see it as a compliment, because clearly they admire whatever it is they have copied! And I admire Judy's quilting prowess, her ideas, her vision.
Here is the stencil quilted out yesterday:
This is my Brr! Park quilt, and it is one of my goals for the Finish Along. Let's see, I have 11 days left to finish it...
Judy suggested I echo it to help the design pop, so I did. And then I thought maybe I should flatten down some of the "gap" areas to further help it pop, so I did some matchstick quilting.
And I'm really happy with how it has turned out! Here's the back:
The back of this quilt is really really cool, probably the most cool back I've ever made. I plan to do some swoopy quilting in the Tree of Life HSTs, and some Dot to Dot in the trunks. And then feathers in the setting triangles. I am so happy that the quilt basting spray has held for a year! I did stitch in the ditch right away, so that also helped. This is a quilting in thirds approach to quilting on a domestic. Click the Tips and Tutorials tab up top for the link to that technique! My gift to you.
Speaking of gifts, you should visit Craftsy! (see the button on my sidebar) I did, and bought a Cindy Needham class, so now I have both of hers. Cannot. Wait. (but I have to; quilts to make; people to give them to; Finish Alongs deadlines to meet) Anyhow, Craftsy has, like, everything on sale, and half price classes are too good to pass up.
Rocco flopped down in my sewing room on ... yep, Bella's cushion the other day! He's just too funny.