I had the 2nd Strippie partially quilted yesterday but hadn’t decided what to quilt in the larger strips. I was so tempted to just do a meander and get it done but I originally designed these quilts to practice my quilting when I first got my longarm – I’m not one to practice a lot on muslin that gets tossed away so decided to design and piece a quick, cute, top that could be donated when done. Trust me, buy a really cute print and that’s what people focus on not your less than perfect quilting!!

I’ve got several quilting books here for inspiration and today I went to one of my favorites – Step by Step Freemotion Quilting by Christina Cameli. I’ve got the Kindle version so that I have access in GA with the longarm and here in FL. 

As a side note, I used to buy physical books for ALL my quilting and knitting but since my quilting has been split between two places, I like to have ebooks because you know the book I want will be wherever I’m not! Martingale is great because I can purchase the physical book and get a ebook version too. For knitting, ebooks are great because I use the Knit Companion app and I can copy the pattern pages I want and use the app to keep my place when I’m knitting and again, since I always have my iPad, I always have my pattern!

Today I chose the Primordial pattern to quilt. Here’s how the page looks on the iPad Kindle app. They have a browse feature that doesn’t work with every book but it’s great for content like this because it’s much easier to flip through the pages quickly.

While it’s no where as nice as the book version – it’s surprisingly forgiving and I’m happy with this first attempt. Here’s the back….

Here’s the front … see what I mean? Cute print … no one will notice my less that stellar quilting. Those are crescents quilted in the smaller strip. I was trying to come up with an idea and was looking at the print … thought something fern-like might work, drew it out a few times and this is what I ended up with – not exactly fern-like but I liked it and went with it on the quilt. 

And of course since I was hurrying to finish up these two UFO’s before the end of the year, something had to go wrong. Luckily it was just a little section and easily fixed! 

This one is now ready to be trimmed and bound … right after I finish hand stitching the binding from yesterday’s quilt.  

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