Two for one:
Every good friend once was a stranger.
Don't be over self-confident with your first impression of others.
I've developed a renewed interest in using templates. I swore I'd never use them again once I discovered improvisational piecing. No doubt about it: there is a very good reason why Gwen Marston chose the word liberated to describe what she does. Between reading her book Liberated Quiltmaking II and taking a class with Denyse Schmidt a few years ago, improvisational piecing has made me a better quilter - I'm just a lot more relaxed with the whole process. Each of the 400 pieces in this top and the 40 on the back was traced with my old-school cereal box templates and pinned before sewing. This is a big deal for me and it is extremely gratifying.
I cannot wait to start hand-quilting it. I say this as today's temperature reached 83 degrees. This gorgeous collection of fabrics is Indigo Crossing by Laurie Simpson and Polly Minick for Moda. I will use my favorite batting, Quilter's Dream Request and I'm trying a new thread: Finca Presencia Perle Cotton Size #16 in a beautiful blue.
This quilt is a commission and as much as I would like to show you the backing, I can't because it is a suprise.
Quilting, improvisational piecing, and my sewing machine were once strange, intimidating and frustrating. I also thought I knew a lot about the process. It's nice to let first impressions go and to see it all in a different light.