audrey’s finished quilt

August 31, 2009

finished top

I finally am able to post about this quilt I finished about 3 weeks ago.  I finished it the night before I was going to see the recipient so it was dark.  I waited to take a picture of it until I got to my parents house.  I had forgotten my camera so I used theirs.  I didn’t upload them right away, and when I left that Sunday, I forgot I had to do it.   So the next weekend I had to go up to my parents’ again for another event, and that time, no one could find the camera.  It turns out that my mom left it in my aunt’s car.  So, THIS weekend, I had to meet my mom up in Lafayette to switch cars (my car got a flat the last time I was up there and so I had been driving my mom’s car so I could get back to indianapolis and go to work while it was getting fixed).  She finally remembered the camera, so now I am able to share these pictures with you.

I think this is my favorite quilt that I have made so far.  It came together pretty quickly, and I had a good time quilting it.  I even tried to quilt Audrey’s name into the quilt.  Its hard to see in the picture, but you can read it in person.  It looks like 3rd grade cursive! But I am sure I’ll get a steadier hand the more I practice.

Im probably the only one who can read it in this picture!

I'm probably the only one who can read it in this picture!

This is also the first quilt that I have gotten tons of comments on, so it must have made quite an impression on people.  I gave it to Audrey at my cousin’s bridal shower because I wasn’t able to go to her 1st birthday party.  So now I have a waitlist of people in my family who want me to do a quilt for them!  It makes me happy though, I’m doing something people appreciate.  That makes me feel good.

...and the back

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Charlotte’s quilt

August 21, 2009

a peek of front and back

a peek of front and back

It’s my friend’s daughter’s first birthday party on Saturday so I decided on the spur of the moment to make a quilt for her.  Mainly because everyone was asking me what I was making for her, and all I could say was “I bought her some clothes!.”  This was probably the fastest quilt I have completed so far.  I started on Tuesday and was finished by Wednesday just working on it when I got home from work.  Mostly because there was not a lot of cutting involved.  Cutting out the pieces is not my favorite part of the process, it gets tedious and you have to pay so much attention to make sure everything is precise.  I was so tired of using pink, the last two quilts I’ve made have been mostly pink quilts, so I wanted to do something not pink, and also using only what I had in my stash.  So I was looking through what I had and came across this Michael Miller Ginger Blossom fabric that I had and realized that it was mostly made up of the colors in my friend’s house.  So I decided I would make a baby quilt that they could throw on the floor or over the couch and it would match its surroundings!  I added in the Midwest Modern poppies,  sky blue Carnaby Street fabric and Olive Rose Curves in emerald to brighten it up.  At first, like with Audrey’s quilt, I wasn’t sure if I made good decisions picking out fabrics for this quilt.  I was thinking it was going to be ugly.  Even when I finished the top and back, I still had my doubts.

At this point I was thinking This could quite possibly turn out to be the ugliest thing Ive made so far

At this point I was thinking "This could quite possibly turn out to be the ugliest thing I've made so far"

But once I got the sandwich together and started quilting, I began to like it more.  And once it was washed and came out of the dryer, I liked it a lot.  And it goes great with my couch!

If I had more of this fabric left over, I probably would have made a bigger version of this for myself!

If I had more of this fabric left over, I probably would have made a bigger version of this for myself!

I’m  glad I’ve been making these quilts lately using materials I already have.  Its nice and economical when money is tight, and still makes an impressive gift!  Although the next project I am working on I had to buy all new fabric for.  I love getting new fabric, but sometimes its nice to just use what you have when you are feeling poor, and I am feeling poor right now.  But on the brightside, I got a bunch of different prints  in the Joel Dewberry Deer Valley line, and I am going to be using Oh, Fransson’s mixtape quilt pattern with it, so I think its going to turn out pretty awesome.  Just waiting for the fabric to get here so I can get started!

This is a happier project than my sad Halloween block below.  I’m making my goddaughter a quilt for her first birthday, here’s a little preview of what I got started.  I actually finished up the quilt top and back last night, hopefully I will be able to take some pictures this afternoon when I get home from work.   Its a stacked coin quilt, I used 22 different fabrics for the coins…mostly pinks but there’s also some orange yellow blue and green in there.  I know that sounds insane…I was unsure of it myself at first…but once it came together I think it looks adorable.  I’ll try and post those new pictures tonight!

bee pieceful

August 11, 2009

I joined my first virtual quilting bee. Its called Bee Pieceful and everyone in my group seems to be wayyyy more advanced than I am. I am having major feelings of inadequacy, but I guess that will just make me work harder at getting better at this.   I just sent this block to its owner yesterday, but I posted it to the group before I mailed.  I got some encouraging comments, but I still can’t help feeling bad about my block.  It was my first time trying triangles, and I didn’t really know what I was doing so there’s a lot of places where things didn’t line up quite right.  It was supposed to turn out 12.5 inches, but after all my mistakes with measuring or sewing (i’m not sure) I ended up having to trim it down to 9.5 and then add that wonky border so it came out the right size.   I am really not happy with my work, but I did not have enough scraps to make a new one to send her.  This was a big learning experience, so hopefully next month I will feel better about what I make.  The ladies have been really nice to me, so whatever they think about it, they haven’t made me feel bad.  It is a great group and I’m glad they let me join.

I know I start every blog I post with “I know its been a while but…”

Maybe I am not the best blogger on the planet.  I realize now that the time and effort that my favorite bloggers put in to maintain an awesome, content-laden page is enormous, and I have great respect for them doing and sharing with everyone, on top of taking the time to make amazing creations.

That said, I did want to share the quilt I made for Christine, I really think its my best quilt yet.  Its my 5th quilt.  I finished it on May 21.   Its my first time free motion quilting!  That was an adventure.  In the first 1/4 of the quilting, I think I ripped out as many stitches as I sewed.  It was incredibly frustrating, but then…it just kindof clicked and I was able to finish it and be happy about the results.  Yes, if you look closely you can totally see that the stitches are all uneven lengths, and I did “cross the streams” a few times and overlapped my stippling, but all in all I think it looks great for my first time. The quilt was a little smaller than twin size.  I improvised most of the design based on crazymomquilt’s flea market fancy quilt top, I used fewer blocks, and a smaller size block.  I like the top but I think I love  the back of my quilt.  I think its really visually striking, and so bright and really makes me happy.  It hurt a little to give this one away, but the thanks I got from the recipient really made up for it!

the quilt top, for whatever reason I never got a pic of it on the finished quilt.

the quilt top, for whatever reason I never got a pic of it on the finished quilt.

close up of my first attempt at free motion quilting

close up of my first attempt at free motion quilting

the back, my favorite side on this quilt

the back, my favorite side on this quilt

the label. i always label my quilts! also, check out the binding, i made it myself!

the label. i always label my quilts! also, check out the binding, i made it myself!

my new project

April 29, 2009

I’m making my friend Christine a quilt as a thank you for creating a logo for Janmade.  She wanted pink and orange so I decided to use Heather Ross’s Mendocino line.  I love it.  I’m just doing simple 10″ blocks, similar to this quilt by crazymomquilts.  I’m happy with the blocks I’ve made so far, I think this is going to turn out pretty cute!

I went to the international quilt festival a couple weekends ago with my cousin.  It was the first time I’ve ever been to a quilt show and the amount of things to see was overwhelming.  The venue was huge and there were aisles and aisles of booths for shopping with anything quilt-related you can think of.  I got to try a long arm quilting machine.  I want one so much!  I can’t even begin to tell you how much easier it was to free motion quilt on the machine.   Quilting a quilt is definitely my least favorite part of the quilting process…its so hard to do on a regular sewing machine, I get really frustrated and have never been  completely happy with how it turns out.  The long arm machine is so fun to use, and the results are awesome.  Its a shame they cost thousands of dollars, and I live in a one bedroom apartment.  As you can see, they are huge.

long arm machine

long arm machine

At the quilt show, I came across a booth with all these little 16″x24″ art quilts of dogs.  Of course, I was in love.  They were selling the patterns, and surprisingly she had a papillon pattern!  I had to buy it, I’m excited about making a Foxy quilt.  I think it will be so fun, and it will be my first time paper piecing, so a small project will be good for learning.  If you click on the picture of the papillon, you will be able to go to the designer, Sharon Malec’s website.  She has patterns for over 100 dog breeds, and other animals too.

So cute.  Cant wait to make one that looks like Foxy.

So cute. Can't wait to make one that looks like Foxy.

I also loved the quilt gallery.  They were all beautiful.  A quilt show has a lot of rules.  Don’t touch anything is probably the biggest one, but also you are only allowed to take pictures of quilts that do not have a “no photography” sign next to them.  Unfortunately there were not many I was allowed to take a picture of, but here are some pictures of some amazing work that I was able to photograph.  Seeing them up close was so amazing, the quilting and piecing skills these men and women have are so incredible.  It was really inspirational to see these beautiful quilts.  It really inspired me.  I finally started on my “thank you” quilt for my friend Christine for making the logo for my etsy shop.  She wanted pink and orange, so I really hope she likes what I’ve been working on, I’m really happy with it so far.  Anyway, here are some of the amazing quilts from the 2009 International Quilt Festival:

The fabric for this was handpainted.

The fabric for this was handpainted.

this quilt blew my mind.  ithe detail is amazing

this quilt blew my mind. the detail is amazing

based on Klimts The Kiss.  They used a lot of shiny fabrics.

based on Klimt's The Kiss. Loved the gold lame.

definitely more traditional, but i liked the kalidescope effect

definitely more traditional, but i liked the kalidescope effect

I thought this was really modern and fresh using the shirting materials

I thought this was really modern and fresh using the shirting materials

Chicago Landscape! The detail was incredible.

Chicago Landscape! The detail was incredible.

a close up of a very complicated quilt, each tiny piece there was sewn together

a close up of a very complicated quilt, each tiny piece there was sewn together

a beautiful antique quilt from the 1850s. I love the eagle and vine motif. All done by hand!

a beautiful antique quilt from the 1850s. I love the eagle and vine motif. All done by hand!

they called this a variation on a dresden plate. I love the flowers and on point blocks.

they called this a variation on a dresden plate. I love the flowers and on point blocks.

i love these birds. and the hand quilting on it is incredible.

i love these birds. and the hand quilting on it is incredible.