A few of you guessed that I was making a version of Abundance, the current quiltalong over at Humble Quilts. Over the last few years, Lori has organized several of these, based on recreating an actual vintage doll or child's quilt. Because I've been away for many of them, I had been looking forward to her challenge this January, but when she posted the quilt she had chosen, I was initially underwhelmed. I kept clicking back, however, and it grew on me.
On Saturday, I pushed away from the computer and started pulling fabrics. Now, Tuesday, it's almost quilted up. I took the opportunity to try out some of the Mountain Mist Cream Rose batting that I'd been hearing about and even on this little piece, I can see it will be a favorite. It's quilting up like butter! Since I do pre-wash all of my fabrics, I'm wondering how its bit of shrinkage will affect a final piece upon washing, but I plan to machine quilt up a test piece to check that out before I use it on a large project.
Speaking of pre-washing fabrics, Becky Goldsmith, one of the Piece o' Cake designers, had a good post on her blog last week regarding why you should pre-wash your quilting fabric. No matter which side you fall on this subject, I think it's worth a read.
As some of you have noticed, I didn't travel to Japan this year for the Tokyo Quilt Festival. If you're looking for some good coverage of the event, Luana Rubin, the owner of eQuilter, is there right now, blogging about it and soon, posting photos on Flickr. Last year we were taking photos side-by-side and I know she'll have lots of good shots of this year's quilts.