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Tuesday
Jul072009

Parade of Quilts

Two quilt designer extraordinarees (Camille and Carrie) are holding a parade of quilts event to allow others to share their first and most recent quilt projects and what they’ve learned since then. What the heck I love a parade and I figure it might need some diversity. Age wise. So here goes…

My first “finished” quilt was this rag quilt for my step daughter Amy. A bit blurry of a picture — in all the wrong places. What can I say — that’s what you get cuz Camille and her camera do not live here. giggle

It was 2005 and I was over 1/2 century old (just a tad) and wanted to learn how to quilt. I attempted to make a traditional quilt (on my own) a few weeks prior to this, but was failing miserably. So off to the local quilt store I went secretly hoping someone would cast a spell on me and cure all my quilt-making problems disasters.

The gal @ the store suggested I tackle a rag quilt. I accepted her lack of magic skills (yep I was hoping for the spell) and the rest was history. I actually made 2 more for the boys and all three got these for xmas gifts that year.

They were fun and fast — perfect. I was on my way. Magic after all?

Fast forward to 2009 and I’ve learned a lot, but have much more to master. It’s OK — I’ve learned to take baby steps — make improvements over time. My last finished project was a doll quilt from a Moda Bake Shop project.

I love projects like this — they are a nice sanity break from the bigger projects and a great way to practice my stippling. Though saving my sanity is pretty high on the list. I truly must be able to see my carpet thru the fabric at least twice a year. Some days I just want to go get the leaf blower to help. Don’t tell Tom.

Finally I seemed to have figured out the right combination to smooth swirls and consistent stitches. I wanted to shout from the mountain tops to all the sewing goddesses of the world, but I’m saving that shout out til I can do this on a big quilt. Pray for me. All 2,354,368,700 of you goddesses. I need lots prayers.

Since the doll quilt was such a tiny project I’m sharing one more.

Play Me A Symphony is my last “big” finished project. I love to name my quilts and this one was named after the fabric line - Symphony by Sentimental Studios for Moda. I don’t have an original bone in my body, but I can copy anything. Well sometimes.

My piecing is now easier and I’ve learned a few goddess tricks to make my fabric fluid. Yep to fix those wonky blocks I can spritz on some water and make a corner grow just a tad. Or I learn to live with miniscule mistakes. Usually the later.

But my favorite acquired talent (I count everything) is the benefit of buying Layer Cakes to finalize which fabrics to use in a quilt. They are like big paint swatches. I love them. I sit on the floor and play with different scenarios and can cut the swatches into smaller sizes if necessary. Then I order the exact fabric I need. Exact = what I need and the rest is stuffed into a drawer. Guilty. I’m a wanted women. I like that.

Family Room Quilt

This Click to Enlargefabric line had so many gorgeous fabrics, but in the end I wanted to keep it simple and stuck with just 7 fabrics in a very symmetrical layout. I used Heather Peterson’s Double Takes II pattern.

I sent this out to the LAQer cuz I’m not confident enough with my stippling to tackle something so large and the prayers are still pending. Obviously not enough goddesses know me yet. Plus I love picking out fancy pantos. My LAQer (aka favorite goddess) has a Gamill Statler Stitcher. She is fabulous and will sit with me for as long as I want to get the perfect design, scale, and thread.

Play Me A Symphony sits here when not in use - which is not often.

I’m ready to watch the parade. I suspect it will be long. May take days. grin

Reader Comments (12)

They're all beautiful Lucy, you have one of the best eyes for color I've seen!

I think there are so many tips, tricks and techniques to try and master in quilting... maybe that's part of what makes it so much fun! I love to look back at the previous years quilts and see where I've improved, someday we'll be able to call ourselves goddesses too!

July 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCJ

Hi Lucy ~ I love all your quilts and your quilting philosophy is perfect! I also love that you name your quilts. I'm so glad you joined the Parade... except that I'm seriously rethinking how I'm going to show my "green thing" on Monday. I can't even "explain it" by saying it was a first quilt! Thank you for showing off... I mean for showing us your beautiful quilts! :)

July 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie

You are right, Camille definitely doesn't live there, it is way too clean and beautiful! Your quilts are all fantastic, and you are so brave to try stippling- looks great so far!

July 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCamille

Ladies -- thanks for your visit and encouraging words.

I can't wait to finish my Carrie designed "scrappy" quilt -- I think it will be my favorite once done. And I have a big bunch of Camille's lovely turquoise and orange cotton blossoms fabric -- I simply must find a special pattern.

CJ -- you are the embroidery queen -- when will some of that rub off on me???? I need a magic wand or something. he he...

July 11, 2009 | Registered CommenterLucy

I love your first quilt and of course your last ones. I think that we may be the same age if my math is correct. ;-) If you can stipple a small quilt, you won't have any problem with a large one.....a little more wrestling the thing around though.
Cathy

July 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCathy

I am loving this parade of quilts. I also love that you name your quilts. I name mine also. And my husband and I have a fused glass businses where I name all our products. He thought that was nutty at first, but I think it really appeals to female shoppers. Anyway, really fun to read about your quilts. And I admire anyone who is machine quilting their own quilts.

July 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLive a Colorful Life

Hi Lucy!! Thank you for commenting on my first and not quite finished quilt! I love your rag quilt! My sister did one of those for her first quilt and I think they are the best to cuddle up with for a movie or reading a book. And your newest endeavors are amazing!! I can't believe your are quilting your own quilts already. (My dream is to get a long arm and do it myself too!) Do you mind if I copy and name my quilts too. I love that you personalize them. Make it much more fun!! www.serendipity-julia.blogspot.com

July 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJulia

Well done with your first rag quilts. A great plce to start. You've done a great job with that table runner and I like the look of your new quilt pattern and fabrics. Will have to keep an eye on your blog to see how it turns out.

July 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine

Hi Lucy,

I found your blog via parade of quilt. I love your table topper! I need to make myself one too..

July 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChase

I love the rag quilt! And your machine quilting looks perfect to me. I haven't gotten up the nerve to try that myself yet.

July 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie B

Hi Lucy, it was fun seeing all your quilts and hearing your story. Your machine quilting is very wonderful. I guess I'm going to have to keep practicing to get it just right! "Play Me A Symphony" is just beautiful.

July 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEileen

I enjoyed seeing your quilts. It's taking me a long time to get through the entire parade, but I try to leave a comment on all. Keep having fun with your sewing and retirement.

July 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTeresa

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