15 October, 2007

The Long Hard Road

I've finished the quilting for the middle of the quilt, now I move on to the hard part, the border. I went through a few drafts and with some input with Mike decided on a linear line design and then for the corners I want to do spiderwebs. I was going to do black, then white yarn, then white thread and then Mike came up with the wonderful idea of a shimmery silver. I like that he has input in the quilt, that he's actually interested in something I'm doing, it makes me feel good. So we picked out just the right thread (and a backup just in case) and now I've got to do the line design and then draw out the spiderweb. I'm a little worried about it because of the curved parts, but I'm so excited to see it done I'm willing to just go for it. I was worried about the middle, quilting all of it, and not one pucker or tuck in the whole thing, so I obviously didn't lose my mojo in over a year hiatus. I can't wait to try my hand at something that *I* draw out (instead of following the tape lines) and then sewing on the cute little plastic spiders that we bought at the party store. I was hoping for buttons, but in all the Internet I couldn't find any, so we're going with party store ones. I've gotta get some sleep, I've 2 days to get this baby quilted and then put the binding on, that's not much time!

12 September, 2007

Halloween has Come Early

Finally started on my Halloween quilt. I've been slacking about it, though I was so excited to find the fabric a week or so ago. I needed measurements and I honestly don't like to measure. These are scrappy squares of my own design. All you need is 6 fat quarters, a ruler, and voila! You cut out your pieces, make nice piles, and then make sure the dog is outside when you plan your blocks. The idea is to diversify as much as possible, as these squares are going to get rotated around and then sewed together three by three. Of course now that some of them are sewn together and I'm looking at this picture I can see flaws.... but oh well right?
These are the squares, laid out and ready for me to pick them up and sew them.
This is a closeup on a square. You can see the patterns this way. I'm thinking of quilting it with orange thread so I don't mess things up. Orange goes well in all of these fabrics (if it's not already included) so it should look better than just boring old black thread. Anyway, off to sew more squares... it's just good to take breaks in the middle. You don't hurt your back that way.

25 July, 2007

The Purples Quilt

 The Purples Quilt. The third quilt I ever made. This one is out of a pack of fat quarters and I just kind of cut into the squares randomly and then sewed them together again. This is a lap quilt and it's completely terrible. It's also an example of more complicated quilting.

Moody Blues Quilt

 My "blue" period. Joanns had a lot of blue fabrics, a LOT of them, and I decided that blue would be perfect for the biggest quilt ever because our bedroom is usually painted blue and Mike likes blue.
I love the backing of this quilt. I didn't have enough of it to cover the entire thing, so we used some wiggle room blue fabric. This quilt is also double batted, making it super warm,and it is big enough for the both of us. It gets used pretty much every winter.

My First Quilt

 I just realized I have a quilt section on here, but very few actual quilts. So I figured I'd show what I've made over the years. I used to watch that quilting show on TV, it was on right after the scrapbooking show and I was jealous of what that gal could make. And the fact that my BFF can sew. 

I wanted to learn. And I learn by doing. Mike, Christmas of '03, bought me a sewing machine he'd gotten at Target for a decent price and took me to the fabric store. After that, I hit the ground running.
Each square you see is hand cut. I didn't know about rotary cutters or fancy plastic rulers so I used scissors and vanishing pencil to do every single square. This was the reason I started quilting. This was the quilt I wanted. I also didn't know you have to wash fabric before you quilt with it so it's never been washed. It's never really been USED because of this, but I think I might just take the plunge.

14 May, 2007

Studio Monday: My Space Right Now

This is where I create. It's dirty right now. This is a closet space in the bedroom of our house.