Friday, November 20, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Ashlyn has always wanted to make a quilt. Whenever I was sewing, I would often give her pins and fabric. She would stick the pins into the fabric and be pretty happy with that. Then, earlier this year, I decided to let her make a quilt that she could actually keep. My plan was for her to just glue fabric squares to a piece of muslin. The end. But, she knew that wasn't a quilt! She picked out the fabric, cut the fabric pieces, and glued them to the muslin. That wasn't enough for her. I explained to her that only mommy could use the sewing machine, but I did let her help guide the fabric through the machine while quilting and sewing on the binding. It took about 6 months to complete, in part because she would only work on it for a short time, and because I left it without the binding for a while.
Ashlyn is so proud. She keeps referring to it as her "very first quilt!"
Monday, November 2, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
by Michiko Takakuwa of Japan
This isn't a style I would normally find interesting, but this was made of teeny tiny squares-nearly 53,000. It was pretty crazy.
by Lynda Christiansen, Eugene, OR
by Annette Bamberger, Germany
by Morag Orr-Stevens, Canada
by Gerry Smeltzer, Eureka, CA
There were so many more incredible quilts. These are just some of the ones that impressed me.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
The main reason I was there was not stalking or shopping, either. I wanted to see the quilts, of course! They did not disappoint. There were such a variety of different quilts that I think there would have been quilts for anyone's taste. These were a few of my favorites.
by Karlyn Bue Lohrenz of Billings, MT
by Nancy Hinds, Covington, LA
by Jo Names, Joy Waggener, Jeanie Ferguson, Lynda Lasich, Millie LaMoure, Marylee Drake of Grass Valley, CA
by Back Porch Employees (Jean Dunn, Gail Abeloa, Wendy Warth, Carol McCoy, Maggie Wentzel, Janet Tatlon, Sharon Winter, and Joan Hughes)
by Ruth de Vos, Australia
by Kathryn Celliers-Louw, South Africa
by Marilyn Smith of Columbia, MO
When we lived in Kentucky, Allen and I went to the American Quilter's Society Show in Paducah. Tons of quilters, quilts, and vendors, much like this. I was fairly new to quilting at the time. I'd never seen a long arm, I'm not even sure that I knew such a thing existed. I was pretty intimidated by the incredible quilting, both hand and machine quilted. I remember Allen telling me that the biggest difference between my quilts and these was a $10,000 machine. While there was (is) more of a difference in skill as well, he did have a point. No matter what your field, you can definitely be held back by your equipment. Obviously, the machine doesn't do all of the work for you, but there are some things that just cannot be done on a cheap sewing machine. I remember reading a cartoon recently where one person asks another "If I had a camera like yours, would my photos look just as good?" The response is "and if you had a piano like Mozart's, do you think that you could play like he did?" While I get the point, there is certainly skill and artistry involved as well, having a nice camera certainly makes a big difference.
While I still do not have a $10,000 longarm, while looking at some of the quilts, I did find myself thinking "I could do that!" Actually, I really mean that I could do that eventually. In other words, I don't think my machine is keeping me from eventually having the skills to do certain applique and quilting techniques. (Yes, there are still quilters who do everything by hand, but I will NEVER be one of them. I do NOT have the patience or desire to quilt by hand.) Now, some day I could reach the end of what my current machine is capable of doing, or I might just decide that it would be easier on a longarm (and I have the money and space for the investment.) In short, I found most of what I saw to be inspiring, rather than only intimidating.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Park City Girl is hosting an online quilt festival.
My entry is a quilt from earlier this year. I couldn't find the best photo of it, and I didn't make it for me, so I couldn't get another. Anyway, I made this quilt for the prayer shawl ministry in Germany. It was for a friend who had recently lost her fiancee in Afghanistan. I had also recently become involved in Jacquie's Project Improv. I was playing with improv blocks here. I really liked the palette of this quilt and was really happy with how it turned out.When planning, I just thought it should do this way, so it bothered me when my husband held it "upside down."
I first blogged about the quilt here.
Go check out the rest of the quilts!
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
I started with the one on top, and that was not my plan. This was a bit harder to get started than I thought it would be. I realized that my house was going to be quite a bit larger than 3 inches, so I stopped and made another house. Looking back at the first start, I thought it looked a bit like a mobile home. So, I tried to curve out the edges and add wheels. I didn't allow enough and the curves ended up in the seam allowances. I still liked that one, though. Anna was right, these are definitely addictive. I kept making houses, until I didn't have enough fabric to keep making more.
Friday, September 18, 2009
I'm interested to see how she pulls all of the blocks together. As I suspected, I like working with someone else's plans. It pushes my ideas into other directions. Perfect timing on finishing this one, since I received fabric for next month's block in the mail today!
I also told Amanda Jean that I would make a wonky star block for her quilt(s) for Quilts of Valor. I have wanted to make quilts for this group in the past, but hadn't "gotten to it," so I'm glad that I was at least able to help out with a block.
I actually made two blocks, because I over-wonked the first block so much that it wasn't the right size. I added a bit of extra fabric to two different areas to make them the right size. It just looks like a mess. I only had just enough of the red blocks for this one block, so I couldn't just redo those parts.
I went shopping for a bit of red that wouldn't overwhelm the blue that I had. This time, I cut the blocks at 5 inches, so I could trim after making the star points. Much better.
I'm still sending both blocks, in case she doesn't end up with the right number of blocks. She can trash it if it's not needed!