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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Riding a Bike and NTT

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, y'all!  I've been making steady progress on my throw size Greek Cross quilt, and it's finally all quilted. (pouring rain outside though, so still no pretty photos).

Since I haven't done free-motion quilting (or any quilting, for that matter) since September, I worried that I might have trouble keeping my curves nice and smooth.  As it turns out though, for me, smooth stippling is like riding a bike.  Woohoo!  I put on some great music and got right in the zone.  You know what was out of practice and caused me to take more breaks than usual?  My arm and shoulder muscles.  I remember when I first started free-motion quilting, I felt like my shoulders were up in my ears after a little while.  Over time, I learned to relax and and built up some stamina, and eventually my muscles never protested even the longest quilting sessions.  Apparently it's a use it or lose it thing, ha!  Better get busy using them more often then.  :)

I still have the binding to put on this one, which is happening tomorrow for sure, and then if the rain will stop (please!!), I can get some pretty photos of the finish this weekend.  I am using this dark blue print from Cotton and Steel's Macrame collection, which I think will frame these happy colors perfectly.

Last week's party was full of creative inspiration as usual.  Angela at Better'n Dog Biscuits shared this gorgeous improv quilt-

Janine at The Sweetest Dreams linked up this adorable baby quilt finish-

And oh my goodness!  I'm in love with this sweet hummingbird by Jayne at Twiggy and Opal!

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  1. I love your Greek Cross quilt!!! Great job on the meandering!

  2. The good news is you still got the stippling chops. It won't be long until you whip your muscles back in shape. As for the rain, no such luck that it'll stop! I may need to quilt an ark if it keeps up! Thanks for sharing my Hummingbird too!

  3. Love your crosses. Good for you getting back on the quilting bike, sore muscles and all.

  4. Your quilt is so fun. Yes, I hear you about the sore shoulders after FMQing. But the end result is soooooo worth it :)


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