Almost Done

Gret & I went to O2b Quilting today to rent Lucy’s longarm machines for the day.  I quilted my Chevron Tortilla Strips (Terry Atkinson) and Gret quilted a Christmas version of Terry’s Fire Escape pattern.  It was a very Terry day!

Here are a bunch of pictures from today:

Tortilla Strips - Loading it onto the machine
Loading the quilt onto the longarm

Tortilla Strips - first pass of the machine
First pass

Tortilla Strips - a glimpse of the back, too.
A glimpse of the back

Tortilla Strips - with the binding sewn to the top.
All finished, complete with the binding sewn onto the front.

Tortilla Strips - Closeup of triangle quilting.
Closeup of the triangle quilting

Tortilla Strips - the back (quilted)
The quilted back

Tortilla Strips - closeup of back panel.
Closeup of the back panel

Tortilla Strips - love the triangle quilting!
Love the triangle quilting!

I was highly motivated to finish the binding when I got home today, but alas, I didn’t have any navy blue thread to use.  I think that would have been a first for me – quilt and binding in the same day!

I’m currently cutting fabric for my own Fire Escape quilt.  I’m using Joy by Kate Spain for Moda. I’m waiting for my contrasting fabric to arrive via Etsy – I didn’t love the fabric that came in my kit, so I’m subbing it out for the white Christmas bulbs fabric.  Once it arrives I’ll be able to bust out my blocks.

These two Terry Atkinson quilts are all I’ve worked on for a few months.  I took a bit of a quilting break.  I (in theory) am preparing for the Project Management Professional certification exam.  I took a prep course – 4 hours a night, 2 nights a week, 7 weeks.  It was painful.  I haven’t sat for the exam yet because I need to review the materials (aka ‘study’) before I spend $500 on a 4-hour/200 question exam.  I need to set a goal for taking the exam and buckle down and study, but I just can’t bring myself to do it!  I’d much rather quilt!  Quilting, however, isn’t as much of a resume builder as the PMP certification is.

Gret & I go back to Lucy’s in just over a week to do one more quilt each.  We each took two today but ran out of time.  My second quilt is a donation quilt – it’s a 55×55 quilt top that I made for my son while he was still in utero.  He’s 9.5 now.  Since he long ago outgrew a quilt that size, I’ve decided to donate it…likely to Project Linus.


About msminnesota

I'm a wife, mom of two (one blue, one pink), and I work full time. Our family loves to camp, and we're often on mini adventures during the summer. My fall/winter/spring/rainy day hobby is quilting. I started about 10 years ago, then put everything away when The Blue One was born. A few years ago a good friend decided to take up this 'hobby' and I've been back at it ever since. She's my partner in crime (A.K.A. 'the enabler'). I have no aspirations of becoming a quilt designer - I'm just not that good at geometry (I rely on my math major/computer programmer husband to help with piecing backs at times!). This little blog is my way of chronicling my quilting adventures. Occasionally I post about non-quilting things as well. Thanks for stopping by. Don't forget to say HI! IG: wannabequilter
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5 Responses to Almost Done

  1. abby says:

    Love your chevron quilt! Fun front, fun back – great quilting!

  2. Terry says:

    Love the quilting (and the quilt!). Is that freehand?

  3. sara says:

    The quilting is really nice!! Good luck on getting motivated to study…it can be *really* hard to buckle down and JUST do it. You can do it!!

    • msminnesota says:

      Thanks Sara! I know – I just need to do it, and I will. I have 2 co-workers that did the prep class with me that haven’t taken the exam yet, either, so we’ll set up a study schedule together.
      Thanks for stopping by! I tried to leave a comment on your blog but I think Blogger ate it. (Blogger & I are not friends!)

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