Some of you know that I have recently started working at a local quilt shop. It is the absolute best job ever. I get paid for cutting fabric, helping people with their projects, and even occasionally when it is slow at the shop, Quilting! J
It is the time of year to start clearing away the Christmas projects and move onto new, fresh displays. So in between customers I was pulling out red and white fabrics and trying to put together a new display. We have 2500 bolts of fabric at our store and only one bolt of fabric with hearts on it! Unbelievable! Anyway, I’m new at the shop, so I get excited about everything. After work on Saturday I had visions of hearts and valentine’s floating around in my head. After church on Sunday I sat down on the couch and sketched a small quilt. In less than 2 hours I had a charming, very simple project, perfect for Valentine’s Day. I think this will be the perfect beginner’s project. Most importantly it is a very fast project that would look equally good in country scraps as well as this red and white version.
A very quick quilt.
If you would like to make this small project yourself, you can just email me and I will email you a PDF with the pattern.
Cats love quilts!
I want to introduce you to one of my helpers. This is Sherman. I don’t know what it is about a quilt, that a cat can not resist the urge to be on top of it.
Have a good night!
Flash back to 1999, those of us in the quilt world were facinated with charm quilts and charm block exchanges. The goal was to make a quilt with 2000 pieces by the year 2000.
Well some of the quilters out there were successful, but I having 4 children under the age of 8 was happy just to participate in a charm exchange, I had no real intention of making a 2000 piece quilt. So my quilt buddies and I exchanged a whole bunch of Christmas fabrics with one signature square. I don’t even remember how many we swapped, but my pile sat there for some time. (We all know this feeling.)
Flash forward… It has been 11 years now and I have finally drafted a pattern, exectued it and am now working on the finishing touches. It is not a true charm quilt because there are duplicate fabrics within the quilt, but I am very happy with the results.
In my attempts to reduce my stash and finish up projects, I pieced the back of the quilt. Now I love to quilt, but that doesn’t mean that I do not have my share of frustrating moments. This piecing of the backing was VERY frustrating to me. Maybe I will talk about that another day.
Yesterdays post was inspired by my second attempt to machine quilt this top. My first attempt was to stipple quilt it, but I am very out of practice and it just wasn’t looking good. I figure if you are going to spend that much time on the top, you shouldn’t just ruin it with bad quilting.
More on this later……
I love them. I love everything about them. This blog will be about my love affair with quilts, quilting, and all things related to quilts.
This is one of my resolutions. I want to spend more time quilting, designing quilts, reading about quilting, writing about quilting, and learning about quilting.
Today I was machine quilting. Now, I do not do a lot of machine quilting and I do not claim to be an expert, but this one thing I can say with absolute certainty. It is a lot easier to machine quilt with a walking foot if you do not have your stitch length set at zero!