I'm going to be glad to be done with this quilt. The machine quilting has been a pain in the you know what. I've had so many issues with my tension. I even got the screwdriver and cleaned out the machine to see if it was dirty or something inside was a little off. I tried adjusting just about everything. I think I've finally got it on the right settings.
After a while of quilting this quilt tonight I really needed a brake from it. Ever have one of those quilts where you're just ready to move on? Of course you have, that's why we all have those famous UFOs.
I decided to work on a tester quilt. I'm going to be teaching my mom to quilt this year, so I thought I'd test out an easy pattern to see if it would be a good first quilt. Ok, so I knew it would be, I just wanted to make the quilt. There, I said it. I've seen quite a few people making these quilts on a bunch of different blogs and I got the book for Christmas from my aunt, so why not.
What is this quilt you're asking? Why it's the Happy Hour Snapshots quilt from Atknson Designs. I don't have a picture of all the fabric, but here's one pic I took of my strip piecing. The quilt is being made with browns, reds, greens, and tans made out of the "Shaken Not Stirred" Sweet Treat from the pincushon boutique with a few fat quarters added in.
I'll have a tutorial for you soon on how I use paper plates to help me organize and keep track of different cuts of fabric while quilting. It's a technique that I learned during my first quilting class several years ago. People always think it's cleaver when they see how it's used to keep organized, so I thought I'd share.