I was in my local library recently, and came across this new quilting book, Next Steps in Machine Quilting by Natalia Bonner.
The designs in her book are for use on both longarm and domestic machines, a win for everyone! And with that, it has the honor of being the Book of the Month for March 2016!
I'm hoping to find inspiration from this book, as a few UFO's are now ready to quilt. The first, loaded on the frame and ready for inspiration is the Pinless Pinwheels quilt from Road2CA. Kona Snow is used in the background of this quilt, which could use some livening up. Cream thread, as least for me, seems a bit boring. So I tested out a pale green,
a pale yellow, which looked like cream on the Snow,
and a bright yellow, which is probably a bit strong.
I'm leaning toward the green, depending on the design I work up. And of course, the pinwheels will have a medium purple.
After this one comes Lone Starburst, also from Road2CA.
Another top using Kona Snow, this one is also awaiting quilting inspiration.
Well, maybe I've used up all of my creativity with my Think Outside the Box HST Challenge, starting on Thursday.
After trimming and pressing all the little HST's leftover from Roundabout, I got a chance to play around. One design is this.
Rather interesting. I'll keep playing to see where it goes.
The other is this,
which is notan inspired. The class I had with Jacquie Gering at QuiltCon definitely made an impression. Read more about notan and the class on My QuiltCon 2016 Experience.
Looking at the two above examples, I've definitely been thinking outside the box for these HST's. There are tons of blocks with HST's, and a multitude of quilt-alongs with that theme. But they are blocks, usually square, in a 2x2, 3x3, or 4x4 format. I'm looking for a more creative, more organic use of HST's, in a design that is not limited by blocks. That's what the challenge is all about. Want to play along? I'll have more information on Thursday.
Until, then wish me luck finding quilting inspiration!