I finally finished B2’s quilt. This is my biggest challenge to date with free-motion quilting. I quilted the whole thing on my domestic machine, and although I need more practice, it no longer scares me. I had some tension issues that I had to work through so it was a great learning experience. My plan when I started was to practice and do as little ripping as possible, so I let go of any perfectionist tendencies. After all, the recipient is eight years old, not a judge. I used a blending thread, so mistakes are not obvious.
All in all, I am quite pleased with it. It started with a bunch of 7″ charm squares, and I added some yardage and made half-square triangles. The layout is a random light/dark design.
B2 is a shy but mischievous boy who likes animals, jokes, games and doing as little piano practice as possible. I am sure he would have preferred a dog, but he is happy with his quilt.
B1’s quilt will not have as much quilting in it, since he has been quick to remind me that I have made quilts for all my children except him. I think I will have to do it quickly.