I had some productive sewing time this week, mostly spent quilting the giant secret quilt. It's nearly half-way done now, and it hasn't been as hard as I expected to get a 72" x 96" quilt through my Bernina. Admittedly, the middle section has been a bit difficult - I have some jerky bits along some of the curves, and my pebbles are a little bit haphazard. But overall I'm really happy with how it's looking. It's entirely inspired by Krista Wither's Modern Maze quilting design.
This is the back - I figure it's not giving anything away ;o)
The back is a wideback piece of Bella Solid in grey - it's really nice to work with and I loved not having to piece the back. I'm using Aurifil 50wt 2615 in the bobbin, and it's a perfect match. I'm hoping to get the quilting finished up this week, if all goes to plan. I've been watching a few youtube longarm quilting videos this week and it's making me really want a longarm for this sort of quilting. Sigh.
I've also picked up a really long-term cross-stitch work in progress (I'm pretty sure I haven't touched this since I started quilting, or even longer). Now that it's winter (and freezing cold in my little sewing room) it's nice to have something to work on while watching rubbish on TV of a night. I have a couple of others that aren't quite finished as well - it's not just quilting that I'm perpetually starting new stuff. It's been happening all my life ;o) But these are the two that are in my sewing basket, so I guess I'll try to finish these first.
I have cross-stitched since I was about 8 I think, but stopped for years before picking it up again while I was at uni. I think this first one I just need to add beads to. Which I hate doing so it might be a while before she's finished ;o)
This is the one I've actually bee working on the last couple of nights. I love the saturated colour in this one so much. Lots of beading left to do though...
I'm hoping to perhaps get one of these finished over winter - I forgot how much I love cross stitching, and it's terrible addictiveness.
Hope everyone is having a great weekend