Bug Strippy #1 is finished, and I really like it! I quilted it on the Fourth of July, machine stitched the binding on yesterday, and finished hand stitching the binding this evening.
On this one I practiced a loopy meander, which I like very much. It's a design that seems to work well on alot of different quilts, and especially busy quilts; so I want to be able to do it well. The size and shape of the loops is not as consistent as I would have liked, so I'll try this again on the next one or two strippies. My stitch regulator wasn't really working correctly either, which was disappointing; but I figured out what was the matter with it this morning and fixed it. Apparently a little dust in the sensors was enough to mess it up. I'm learning more about what makes my longarm machine tick all the time.
I won a giveaway that Becky of Quilting Booklady was having to celebrate her birthday, and her little package arrived in my mail this past week. She sent a lovely pack of charm squares and a booklet of ideas for them, and a beautiful pewter bookmark, which I can really use. Thank you so much, Becky, for your kindness!
JudyL at Patchwork Times is gearing up for her Star Block of the Month, which is a beautiful sampler quilt consisting of 13 blocks and 7 borders. She illustrates several different color combinations, and a few people have already chosen their fabrics and posted photos on their blogs.
Years ago our bedroom was painted rose, and we had pictures and accessories to go with it. Now our bedroom walls are tan, which I thought would be a nice neutral so I could put any color quilt I wanted on my bed. But we've hung up some of the same pictures we had from before, and I really want a quilt on my bed that has some rose in it. Vicky has come up with what I think is a winning color combination on her blog, and I may try to come up with a similar combination.
For the Stash Manager's Report this week, there was the fabric I used for the backing of the bug strippy, plus some binding strips I cut and pieced for the next quilt in line to finish. I also received another packet of the month from Keepsake.
Fabric used this week: 2-3/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 99-3/4 yards
Fabric added this week: 1-1/2 yards
Fabric added year to date: 164-1/8 yards
Net year to date: - 64-3/8 yards