Now that my Just the Basics Mystery Quilt has been revealed, I can finally share pictures of it as I'm working on it!! Keeping a secret is really hard when I'm so used to sharing progress pictures as I go.
I have my quilt all basted, so now I'm planning out how I want to quilt it. I know I want to do dense custom quilting. The last quilt I quilted (which I can't fully share until October) was for our bed, so it was really big and I didn't want a lot of quilting because I wanted it to stay soft and drapey. That meant I quilted on a much larger scale than I usually do and all those empty spaces kept calling out to me. "Quilt me! Quilt me!" they said. I stayed strong and resisted though ;)
With this quilt, I plan on quilting every possible inch of it. Good think it's only a 48" square!
Yesterday I was too tired to do much of anything productive, but I did start playing around with possibilities for what to quilt in the various squares of the quilt. There are three different squares, two of which are on point.
It's great to have these books to browse through for ideas!
Still nothing definite, but it was fun to play around with ideas, especially when I felt like my brain was mush.
In other news, I've been thinking about how we quilters (and makers in general) can be very critical of our own work and tend to focus on the imperfections and the things we aren't good at yet. We also tend to ignore or take for granted the things we have learned to do well. I think it's time to change our focus!
Let's take a look back, really look at some of our earlier quilts and
then at our more recent quilts. Let's celebrate all the things we've
learned to do, or to do better, whether that's free motion quilting,
cutting more accurately, trimming units so points match up better,
foundation paper piecing, hand applique...There are so many skills we
may have learned, so let's celebrate them all!
To help us celebrate together, I'll be hosting a linky party called Then...and Now here on my blog starting on Tuesday, August 16th (that's next Tuesday) and it will stay open until August 31st. Feel free to spread the word!
Now I'm off to plan some more quilting and write up my own Then...and Now post!
Linking up with Let's Bee Social and NTT.