This is the second Nine Patch quilt I have quilted for Val and I wanted to make sure I quilted it different from the first one. Last time I did a feather wreath from a stencil in the snowball blocks, seen here, and this time I did a free hand design inspired by this post from Terri's blog. That was much faster than marking out a stencil as I only drew out the center circle using an air erase marker and a roll of tape for my template.
I first quilted the circle then did the swirl in the center and then the feathers on the outside. Quick and simple and it has a fun flowery look.
I got a wonderful surprise in the mail yesterday. A few weeks ago my friend Linda from the Quilted Pineapple asked her readers to guess how many stops and starts she had on the quilt she posted. Well I love a challenge so I studied the quilt and figured out the minimum number of starts and stops it would take and I guessed the closest! I thought guessing the closest and having those bragging rights was good enough for me but Linda, being the sweetie that she is, sent me a prize! Well I was blown away by the generosity of this prize, a fat quarter bundle of Lily and Will fabrics!! I just love the buttery yellow and soft browns in this collection and know it will make a beautiful lap or baby quilt. Thanks Linda, your awesome!!
Oh, one more thing.
On Saturday and again this morning I have been listening to a helicopter flying very low over our house and thought I would take a few pictures to show you what we commonly see here flying around our Northern town. My local readers know what he is doing but I am wondering if anyone else has any guesses.