Back To The Basics December 31, 2015 14:20

As 2015 comes to a close, we're counting inventory, preparing files for tax reporting, assessing the past year and making plans for the year to come - the basics of operating a business. We've learned a lot in 2015, and 2016 looks exciting!  

At the quilting table, 2015 reminded me that no quilt can be completed without knowing the basics.  From choosing fabrics and accurate cutting to pressing those 1/4" seams correctly, all these basic steps work together to create beauty that we can lovingly share with pride.  

This last year I've been experimenting with free motion quilting.  It's been rewarding and frustrating!  The biggest lesson - patience!  Quilters can, sometimes, get their spools spinning so quickly, as in the chain-piecing we all love, that the slower stitching that free motion can require may be challenging.  At least, that's my excuse!  Overall, it's been a wonderful time of learning, and there are quilt tops ready for the skills that have been developed - they'll be the focus for the remainder of this winter.

The diagram of the ever versatile nine-patch block, above, is going to be the "go to" block for some of my quilts for 2016.  Pre-cut 5 and 10" squares, along with the 2 1/2" strips, will make quick work of those projects that are due to be completed in the next few months.

There are two quilt tops in the works that will require every skill learned, thus far.  They are, both, heavily appliqued.  They will, both, be gifts.  One will be "quilt-as-you-go", one will be a sampler quilt.  Both will be a lot of fun!

When those two challenging quilts are completed, there will be a new plaque hanging above my sewing table - "Keep It Simple Sweetheart"!

May your 2016 be filled with joy, lessons learned, challenges overcome, full bobbins and straight seams!

Until next time,

Happy Quilting!