I have been enjoying a break this past week from my regular routine. My husband and I had initially planned to be traveling, but our plans fell through at the last minute. I was kind of bummed (especially since we were planning to visit family I hadn't seen in a while), but I decided that I would go ahead and take the time off anyways. It's been nice and relaxing though.
This past week I have also been going through my sewing room trying to get organized before the busy months ahead. Part of this is taking inventory of the projects that need to be completed, so I have also been pulling out some of those finished quilt tops that need to be quilted. I seem to always have a stack of four or five that are languishing in the back of the closet. You see quilting is not exactly my most favorite part of making a quilt. ; ) I have a smaller sewing machine which can make quilting anything much larger than a small lap quilt difficult (but not impossible). I hope that by learning FMQ--a task that's on my list for this fall--that I'll be able to do larger quilts more comfortably.
In the meantime, I am hoping to tackle this smaller quilt (my Parterre Jardin you may remember from days gone by) using my straight-line quilting skills. The only trouble is that I am kind of stumped about how to approach it. I know that many of you are pretty awesome quilters yourselves, so how would you quilt this? I am considering doing denser straight-lines in the borders and in the sashing, but I'm at a loss as to how to treat the interior blocks.
Lastly, I wanted to share that I am a finalist in Rachel's Softly Against Black Mosaic Contest! I have certainly gotten a lot of new color inspiration from looking through the other entries, so if you like, stop by Stitched in Color to check out the other finalists and to cast your vote for your favorite palette. Voting is open until tomorrow (Sunday) at Midnight EST.