2014?! Holy wowsers! I am so happy, like I said yesterday, to be back sewing, blogging, and getting inspired. This is a wonderful time of year to get inspiration as well. New hops are forming, new Bees, new QALs and BOMs! It is so exciting! I ordered my fabric from the Fat Quarter Shop for my 2014 Skill Builder and as soon as I receive it I am going to show it off! I totally love the colors and it is different for me. I am trying to work with more colors lately instead of my standard and safe blue/green combo lol.
Now, new colors indeed, that is all I have to show off this week is my 2013 Skill Builder process. I finally finished all 20 blocks, and have begun quilting them. I have never done anything other than a rag quilt in the quilt as you go method and I am really hoping that it works for me as I would love to occasionally do bigger quilts at home and until this point I just did not feel like I could manage it.
So, I have 10 of the 20 blocks quilted now! It has taken me three days and I am half way there, this is getting so exciting.
My only hesitation so far has been the difference between the black thread and the colored fabrics... but I did not want all the thread visible in colors on the back of the quilt either... so I went with it. Now I am sure there is a way around this but up until now I have really only done things that super matched and always made sure my thread would blend in with the back etc... this is even the first time with echo quilting, I honestly did straight or organic wavy lines only before ....so if you have tips or advice feel free to give me some info, I am totally open!
On the other hand I am starting to dig the sketch look of the black lines... kind of like the sketch applique look that I learned from the Stitched in Color blog class I took. Also... the more I do the better I am getting at it which is making me feel so much more confident and like I just might be able to try FMQ one day. Not any day soon....but maybe one day! lol Here is to hoping I get these suckers done soon and can learn how to put them together with the qayg method.
If I did not get to your blog already, leave me a link, I would love to see what you are up to this week. And again...any advice or tips for me?