I've been home from work for a few days - nasty cold that I didn't want to share - and have been puttering away at a few quilty things. My quilts are going to be showcased at the Blue Mountain Quilters Guild quilt show - Quilt Fever
, coming up in October, and I'm trying to sort out what to put in the show. They'd like to see a "from where I started to where I am now" kind of display, which means I'm sorting through some of my older quilts and checking for labels and hanging sleeves, and working at adding those. I was/am not very good at labeling my quilts - I had to go into mass production mode, and now I'm slowly getting them stitched on! Same with hanging sleeves. My fingers are getting sore from all that hand-stitching!
I've also been working on some exchange blocks and still working on the challenge quilt for the show, but no pictures of those. Also no pictures of the quilt designs that are in the works - boy, I need more hours in the day.
Today, for a change of pace, I pulled out my Pineapple Blossom quilt
which has been sadly neglected for most of the summer. Yikes! Looks like I last worked on it in March. It won't get done that way.
It is going to be awhile before it is done - there is a lot of dot-to-dot involved, and it is a big quilt, being pushed through a not so big sewing machine harp. but if I commit to just tackling it a bit at a time, it will get done! I'm using a combination of ruler work and freemotion stitching to do the geese - all ruler is tough with this much quilt.
Once I finish the dot-to-dot I need to decide on whether there will be any fill around them The photo below shows that I've echoed the dot to dot sections, but I'm trying to decide if I need a fill between them and the diamond shapes. What do you think? Any ideas for me? I'm thinking I do, just to flatten them down some, but I want to keep the quilt soft, too, as this one is going to be used.
I'd love to hear what you think!