I decided it was time to start quilting the half a dozen or so tops I've finished. I thought I would start small given the fact that I have done only a little hand sewing since my back surgery.
You might remember me showing you this little topper last year. I put it on the longarm not long after Gracie May joined our family. Well, Gracie decided it was the perfect spot to sleep and wound up popping it off the longarm after I had begun stitching it! I decided to put it away and have only quilted one other top since. This is a pattern called Red White and Blue by My Red Door Designs. I loved the fabric on the pattern cover so much and was very lucky to find some still available! There are tiny little stars in each colorway.
I first hung the quilt between our junipers next to the patio and realized it was dwarfed by the trees and the woodpile! We'll save this location for larger quilts from now on. I quilted it with a simple stars and loops pantograph. The back is leftover dark blue and red scraps and the binding is scrappy. Just in time to add to my 4th of July quilts!
I mentioned thread play - not the kind you might think of, though! This one is courtesy of Gracie May! Gee - maybe I can put her to work quilting for me with all the energy she has - NOT! I have to keep the longarm wrapped and pinned tightly or she will chew on cords and play with all the bells and whistles when it isn't in use. Imagine my surprise when I took the cover off the other day and found this! She had to have squirmed her way in and spent some time doing this. I now know to take all thread off the machine when it's not in use.
Are you wondering what I quilted with pink thread? It isn't ready for prime time yet, but let's just say it's a beauty and I'll be able to show you early next year.