It’s been a busy weekend over here. After my 17 mile long run last week, I got struck with the wicked cough/cold that’s hitting the area in full force. Following the Runners Rule (if you’re sick and it’s above your neck you can run, if it’s below your neck / in your chest then rest), I’ve been resting up and not running. Fortunately, that gave me a lot of time to get some work done on the This N That quilts for the twins. Last Wednesday, I wrote about cutting and creating the HSTs. When I designed these quilts, I did so with larger HSTs (5.5″) so that piecing would go quickly since the twins are already 6 months old!
Sunday morning I had the rows pieced together and set them out on the design wall/floor to get the color order figured out for the chevron stripes. Mr QQ suggested switching the green rows, and boom – cute chevron layouts:
And of course I couldn’t be satisfied…so I flipped around two rows to make diamonds:
And Design Layout #2 stuck! Mostly because I took a Free Motion Quilting (FMQ) class at my local quilt store this past Saturday. I plan to echo stitch the print fabrics and in the large white diamonds, I’ll echo stitch the diamonds with flowers and swirls in the diamonds. After my FMQ class, I stuck around and bought a considerable amount of fabric off of the clearance shelf for some upcoming quilts. Hey, no judging – it was Shop your Local Quilt Shop day and they were having a 20% off sale. It’s just dangerous to take a class on a sale day 🙂 I also found a sage and lavender print that was perfect for my backing stripe on the This N That Quilts. I’ll have enough to use it for the binding too.
Today I was able to get not one, but TWO quilt backs finished for the This N That Quilts:
And the two matching tops for the This N That Quilts are done as well:
Now I have to get these suckers basted and buy the quilting threads. Oh, and practice practice practice my FMQ so I can put it to use with straight line quilting for these gifts! More on FMQ adventures later this week! I also ordered a set of Frixion pens to mark the quilts. Question: Do you mark your quilt lines before or after pin-basting? I’ve never marked lines before…