Tag Archive | Textile

Bird in the hand…

I decided to call this quilt Bird in the Hand, why you ask. When I first started to put together this quilt, my 2nd one ever, I decided that I would try to quilt this baby by hand. I machined stitched the pieces and the blocks together, but I needed a challenge and boy did I get one. It looks so easy in the YouTube videos I was watching. After many finger pricks and 2 calloused middle fingers I finally got it finished, it only took 3 months, and not any fancy pattern here. Please don’t judge my stitches, I’ve been told by pro quilters that it takes many, many quilts to master the hand quilting stitch.

BTW: It was very, very relaxing, I think I’ll give it another try.

Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes and Charms

So, in January while surfing the web for new, exciting, yarns, and patterns, I came across a quilting site. You know how they say we eat with our eyes first, well I was enthralled with all the great colours and patterns in quilting fabrics. Who new that quilting had evolved and entered the 21st century. These were not the quilts that I remembered from the ’60’s, ’70’s, ’80’s, of what the heck even the ’90’s. These didn’t have all those little flowered grandma looking fabrics, these had bold colours and layed out with wonky squares and stars. Being a sewer I new I could put together a quilt and all I needed to do was to find myself some funky fabric, fancy rulers, squares and cutting gadgets. Soon packages started arriving at my door, almost everyday. My husband thought I was running some kind of illegal business. I had packages from our friends south of the border (U.S), from China and from places I never heard of. I now have a cabinet stocked with all things quilting! And because I never do things small, it’s always go big or go home here is my first quilt. I know, maybe a photography course should be my next big thing.