There are many reasons why I quilt. Certainly because I enjoy the end product hanging around my house or being wrapped as a gift for a loved one.
But I really quilt because I love the process of quilting. I find it relaxing and a great way to reduce stress.
I also love that I am continually learning. My piecing is getting more accurate, my FMQ getting more even.
For AYOS, the quilt chosen for February was ISTH. The image from the Schnibble (pasted here from this website) was
I chose Ruby as my fabric but was then stumped with what to do for the large area in the pattern photo shown with the tan fabric. Since my block looked like this:
I decided to make that area white as well and use that blank canvas to advance my FMQ skills.
Scrolling through google, I found a pattern I liked and then traced it on the fabric using a 'light box' and my Frixion pen. This was the first time I have ever, ever, ever purposely drawn on a quilt. With a deep breath, I marked it up.
Then I made my quilt sandwich (photo actually taken before the marketing process.).
My accuracy quilting right on the lines left something to be desired but overall, the FMQ is progressing well. Since I've usually do continuous line quilting, I've not had to deal with much thread tails to be buried into the quilt. Since there were over 25 unique areas to quilt, I've got lots and lots of thread tails to deal with.
Now off to bury some thread tails.