Craftsy sent me an email with a screaming deal discount (75% off!) on a class of my choice. I guess they do that if you haven't signed in for a long time. Their strategy worked, and I am glad because I had been wanting to enroll in Leah Day's class "Free Motion Quilting a Sampler".
It was my intention to take the class and use it as a guide to quilt the top I made in the "2012 BOM" class, but I had resolved not to enroll in any more classes until I finished all the ones I had already paid for.
I couldn't pass up the deal, though...
After watching a few lessons, I was really itching get started, but first I had to get some organization reinstated in the sewing room. I made good enough progress to have a modicum of workspace, even though I still have loads to tame.
I basted my eye spy quilt first, because it is smaller and because I had a back all ready to go. I didn't really have a quilting plan in mind, but I didn't want to stipple or pebble, because they both bore me to tears and it is hard to stay consistent. I decided to try Leah's 'echo shell' which is kind of a Baptist Fan variation and do an all over design.
I will just say that I made every error possible. It is not a quilt I am emotionally invested in, though. It was intended to be a charity quilt from the get-go and it will be a good quilt for dragging around, making a tent or spilling things on.
Of course, I got a bit better as I made my way through the quilt and I identified some areas for improving my set up, so I am feeling pretty good over all. I am finished with the quilting. If I can finish up the binding today, I might have some stash usage to report this week.
Which is good, because I added some this week I just couldn't pass up Heather Ross' "Briar Rose". And, I bought a fat eighth stack of "Bluebird Park" a new Moda line that is super cute. That makes about 8.5 yards I need to work off!