Today I mailed out the quilt for the Fab Little Quilt Swap session three. Thank you everyone for all of your votes for which background to choose. I guess all of the snow that we've been having here in Cheyenne determined the final choice of a solid white. (We had 17" of snow the other week!) The quilt shops out here didn't have plain white so I went with a very subtle white on white micro dot. The flash of bright color against all the stark white gave the quilt its name: Aurora Borealis, The Northern Lights.
This is the first time that I was able to practice my new FMQ skills that I learned from Jill Schumacher at the Empty Spools quilt retreat at Asilomar recently. I even used nylon thread for the first time when I ditch stitched the NY Beauty circle. I also didn't want to do just one allover pattern so I divided the quilt into four sections. Instead of a sun the NY Beauty circle really brought to mind a map's compass but it needed an 'N'. Rather than embroidering it I took a cue from Angela Walters' and quilted it. Wow, was that a fun technique. I'll be doing that again.
Detail of the front ... red/orange binding accent to bring some warmth to balance out the large sun. At first I wasn't going to quilt the white triangles of the flying geese but the triangles just weren't popping. That little bit of quilting really made a big difference.
This was such a fun quilt to work on and I'm thrilled that my FMQ skills have improved so much. I'll definitely be practicing in the near future. After my round robin commitments I still have to quilt the Ohio Star quilt. We need some artwork to hang on the walls in our new digs. That quilt would be perfect in the living room. Okay it's time to get warm because it's snowing once again in Wyoming. Geez, I thought that Spring was here.