Top of the queue, the Cross Reference quilt for my son was front and center over the weekend. I ran down to Superbuzzy to take advantage of the anniversary sale Saturday and found the perfect backing.
This is a Michael Miller fabric called Tumbling Blocks, 108" wide, super soft and silky. I bought Quilter's Dream batting, also soft and silky, but weighty. After I spent at least an hour cleaning up threads on the back of the quilt, we were called for grandson duty Saturday night. I resumed the basting job early the next morning and got to quilting.
I would have liked to have made the curves wider and longer, but max settings didn't change it too much. The binding is on, as of this morning, and the quilt is awaiting it's label and first bath. Since it has been 85+ degrees with equal humidity around here, I didn't feel too bad about missing my Monday deadline!
In the Squirrel department, a friend's daughter is leaving for college out of state and I thought she should have a quilt, naturally. While surfing the net, probably Pinterest, I saw a Layer Cake pattern that looked fairly simple and remembered a long hoarded grouping of Boutique fabrics from Chez Moi for Moda that I felt would suit the young lady. I shared them with my friend and she agreed. Some Kona Snow for background and pattern in hand, I set about cutting the required squares. Then MATH reared it's ugly head. There were simply not enough fat quarters. Stash diving, I came across another fat quarter collection that complemented it, Oh My Darling from Connecting Threads.
I felt the scale of the graphics and colors worked well (in the left stack, the Chez Moi is the top 7, with Oh My Darling the bottom). I'm hoping the quilt will be as striking as I think. The quilt will have to be shipped to her, but cold weather isn't slated to arrive immediately so I have a little space. Looking forward to piecing these pretty fabrics together. New projects are so much more fun than UFOs!