I've always wanted a little girl. To share the things that my mom had taught me: sewing, knitting, crocheting, cooking... Being blessed with two boys, they don't want to participate in such "girlie" things. So when he wanted to sew, I had gotten all giddy! I had watched him sew, for all about 15 seconds, and he was off playing with his Power Ranger toys again. My moment didn't last very long. Boys will be boys!
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
I will finish it one day it and it will be one of the most appreciated quilts that I have done.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
I feel alittle guilty. Yesterday, I went to visit my local quilt store to show-off on of my projects. I intended to pick up some refill lead for my Bohin mechanical chalk pencil, but I had left the store purchasing more than just the pencil.
My older son will be participating in basketball this year and I will have to something prepared to take with me to practices and games. I had been collecting Gail Pans's free BOM called "Christmas Wishes." I think it would be perfect to hand embroider the blocks while I'm there (the black blanket stitching on the "Be Attitudes" quilt (shown in an earlier post) was done at games and practices, also).
I had told myself that I wasn't going to purchase another new project...was that bad?
Friday, August 21, 2009
The school he i going to is the same school my older son had gone when he went to Pre-Kindergarten. My older son had loved his teacher, so for a gift, I had made her a quilt, as a "thank you" for being his very first teacher.
The Pre-Kindergarten is not associated with our public school, it is in the neighboring town. Since my boys are six years apart, it has been six years since I had been that this school. And since it had been that long, I had forgotten about the quilt.
But there it was. On the first day of school, I had seen it hanging over her work area. I was told that she had it up every year. I'm so glad that she has it up in her classroom and I get to see everyday when I take him to school!
This is a quilt that I am currently working on. I had seen it in a magazine and I fell in love with it. It took me about two years to locate all the fabrics used. I'm planning to replicate the quilt as it was shown in the magazine.
This a pattern from Sue Garman called "Mama Said." The applique is so sweet and she has an adaption so you can change it from girls to boys. YET, I have to wait until I get the other quilts out of the way.
You know there is more!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
These are the quilts that I am going to attempt to machine quilt. It scares me to death because I would like to do some elaborate quilting, but I better keep it simple starting out.
"Mimi"s Sunny Garden" from Nancy Odom
I still have to put a border on this quilt. I want to continue the blanket stitching in the border, but I know it will take a long time to all that handwork. I know the effect will be worth it.
"Be Attitudes" from Nancy Halvorsen
I'll try to post some other quilts that I'm working on soon.
The quilt store in my area hold a Quilt Shop Hop each year. Each store is assigned a quilt block and they sell their mini quilt kit at their store. The idea is to get all the the blocks and make a Sampler quilt. This one is from 2008.
There are twelve sampler blocks and I had made some pieced/applique blocks to go with them. Not sure yet how I will coordinate them together.
Will post another photo once it's all together.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Yes, I love to make quilts - every aspect about it. It would make sense to make it a career, if it was possible. But what aspect of quilting would I specialize in?
I, first, thought it would be fun to be a quilt pattern designer, but the the patterns I would want to create would be too complicated for the beginner quilter. There were also thoughts of becoming a quilt teacher. I have yet taken an official quilt class, so I really don't have an idea on how a class is conducted. Then, there was an idea of being a competitor quilter - those who enter quilt shows and contests and win ribbons, awards, and prizes. Now, this sounded fun!! I had some luck at smaller competitions, like the county fair, but how well would I do in the BIG shows.
So, I had entered one of my quilts in to the AQS Quilt Show and Contest this year to see what would happen. I got this reply:
"With over 700 quilts submitted from around the world, and only a limited amount of available exhibit space in each category, it was a daunting task for our three-member jury to choose among this year's entries. We regret that we are unable to include the above named entry in this year's show."
Maybe it was a very nice way of saying that my quilt still needed a lot of work, I don't know. But I am planning on entering another quilt in the future and maybe then I'll be luckier!
Teaching is still a possibility and there are so many more aspects in this industry that I can fill. I just need to find out for myself where my heart is.
I plan on posting my progress and thoughts of the quilt, as I am working on them, along with photos. I jump around to different quilts, so I hope you can follow along with my progress.
Please, feel free to comment or make suggestions on the quilts.
I really don't have an idea of what I am doing, but I plan on having alot of fun!