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