I'm linking to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced HERE.
My Jewel Box/Buckeye Beauty quilt top has been completely pin basted and sitting in the corner of my sewing room since this past February, 2013.
So last weekend, after I finished sewing all the Christmas presents I intended to make, I set everything up for free motion quilting. I put the folding table up to the left of the sewing machine, put the quilting foot on the machine and filled some bobbins.
This quilt is really scrappy. It contains every single kind of fabric you can think of, including a few Christmas prints. I decided to quilt it with swirls, which might not have been the best decision, since swirls are much more time consuming that my normal puzzle piece meander quilting.
So far I'm almost to the half way point with the quilting. I would really love to finish it completely, binding and all, by the time this coming weekend comes to an end, but that might be a bit ambitious. I should at least be able to finish it by the end of the year.
One way I manage to get some quilting done, even when I'm really busy with other things, is to quilt in 15 minute segments. Sewing for one 15 minute segment out of each hour is slow, but steady. It keeps me from getting too burned out with the quilting. The swirls quilting is hard on my right wrist, for some reason, and quilting for long periods of time is not good. After work, if I can quilt for a couple of 15 minute segments, I feel like I've made good progress for the day.