After a two week holiday away in our caravan, which was wonderful, it’s nice to be back home again. One thing I’ve been looking forward to while we were away is coming back home and getting on with my UFOs. Hence – roll the dice to see which one I’m working on this week from my List of Six. And I’m thrilled that the dice landed on number 5, which is my Christmas Stars and Nine Patches quilt. I’ve been wanting to get back to this one for ages.
It started out like this, Christmas stars and nine patch blocks received from a couple a block swaps I took part in ages ago. And of course I stitched more to give myself plenty of blocks to play with.
Christmas stars and nine patch blocks
Looking back, it seems that I hadn’t worked on this quilt for a while. At my last sewing session I had completed “stitching in the ditch” around all the blocks to hold the quilt together, and also both sides along the inner border. So that was a good start. Today I’ve completed the straight line machine quilting through all the nine patch blocks, using a variegated thread I found tucked away in Christmas colours of red, green and cream. Guess I’ll be sewing in some ends tonight in front of the TV.
Starting the straight line quilting
Looks like I’ll need to brush those chalk lines away
With a couple of free afternoons this week, I should be able to get some more machine quilting done. Every little bit helps!