July 26, 2009

Working Hard

No sewing for me this weekend. I've been organizing a closet. You'd think it wouldn't take all weekend, but those who know me (and love me anyway) won't be surprised. Among other things, I had to stop for a while and enjoy some of my quilts as I re-folded them. I snapped pictures of a few of them to share with you.

The basket quilt is one of the first quilts I designed when my husband bought me EQ5 software. I'm ashamed to say that I forgot to add a label to the back, and I can't remember how long ago I worked on it. 2003?
The Carpenter's Wheel was given to me by my Aunt Bobbie, who found it at an estate sale. I love the Baptist Fan quilting all over it. It only has a couple of places that need to be repaired. As soon as I gain enough confidence to do it properly, I plan to repair it and let it live with her for a while. Maybe. :)

And this is a quilt I've been working on (in small doses) for a few years. The pattern is from Glad Creations (Mix 'n Match Stars). I used a little of all the Folk Art Christmas lines from Moda. These are still some of my favorite Christmas fabrics. The quilt is huge, but not quite bed-size. I'm not sure why, but I decided to hand-quilt it. In the ditch. Now you know why I'm still working on it. I've considered ripping out the stitching and machine quilting it. Still thinking.
Hope you enjoy the pictures. Gotta get back to work now.

July 18, 2009

Scrappy Saturday

Finishing Blocks

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Auditioning Fabrics

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Starting a New Project

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Hope you’re having fun, too!


p.s. My friend over at Quilt Hollow is celebrating her first blogging anniversary, so hop on over and congratulate her! You may just win a special prize!

July 9, 2009

My First Quilt

Carrie and Camille have inspired me to share a picture of my first quilt. I began quilting in the late 1980s, but didn't finish my first quilt until 1998! I collected fabric, cut pieces from templates, pieced blocks -- all the stuff that quilters do. But when I met my friend Karen in 1996, I had never finished a quilt! We loved primitive applique’ quilts, and decided to make angel quilts together. We were co-workers at the time, and we’d work on our quilts together at lunch, sharing fabrics and “body parts.” We used a lot of Red Wagon’s angel patterns and created some of our own. Our friend Darcy was traumatized by the lack of faces and hair (and sometimes hands and feet) in our angels. I hand-quilted it to death, using a very thin cotton batting. I wish you could feel how soft it is! Over the years it has been used and laundered so much. When it begins to deteriorate, I’ll put it away. But for now, I really enjoy using it and remembering how much I enjoyed working on it with my dear friend.

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And here are pictures of the most recent quilt I’ve finished that I can share right now. It’s a Christmas quilt made from a Sandy Gervais Christmas panel. I cut the panel into pieces and added blocks and strips to fill in the spaces.

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I think I’ve learned more about combining fabrics over the years. The fabrics I used in my angel quilt are very random. Homespuns, metalics, and everything between.

Hope you’re all having a good week. Be sure to go over to Camille’s and Carrie’s to take a look at the other first quilts!