Good morning, friends!
Did you have a good weekend? Jemsy has a cold, but it's been a strange blessing because we ended up having a quiet family weekend as a result, which I think we needed. Lots of naps, building Duplo ziggurats, and a coffee date with Hubster while the boys had some Mama Deb and Papa Jim time tonight.
As to quilting, I made good time for that too. I worked on one of the Arts Festival quilts yesterday, made four more heart blocks for Kylie's birthday quilts, and finished the latest mini quilt for our door. Which brings me too...
Quilt with Tula and Angela: A start-to-finish guide to piecing and quilting using color and shape by Tula Pink and Angela Walters. You may have noticed I added a "part 1" to today's blog title. That's because this book is beefy, rich, and beautiful. Because I like to let my reading be put into practice through my quilting, I'm going to take a few weeks to work my way through this lovely volume.
It's divided into chapter by color and color groups, each one containing a quilt pattern by Tula and several quilting variations by Angela. I took the bright Alison Glass top I made for last week's blog and finished it using one of these quilting variations. It was wonderful to take a break from the all-over designs I usually employ and have some real practice with custom quilting, using motifs, and combining dot-to-dot and free motion techniques. After all, it's only by taking the time to practice like this that I can develop my skills.