Adding To The To Make List

March 9, 2012

A couple of quilts have become the objects of my affection.  First, I saw this one, a halloween themed quilt.  I saw this awhile ago via a blog I read (sort of a friend of a friend situation).  I obsessed for awhile, them forgot about it, and then started to obsess again.  How fun is that quilt?  It’s a color scheme I wouldn’t normally use and I’ve seen some really cute halloween fabrics.  And now I’m collecting them.

Halloween fabric

And then there’s this quilt which I have not been able to get out of my mind.  I love, Love, LOVE the colors and how they are combined.  It also uses a line of fabric which I love (Anna Maria Horner’s Good Folks).  A fabric that is hard to find in its entirety.  A line of fabric that I must have (thank the lord for Etsy and an understanding husband).

Lots of good folks

I found a complete set of fat eights and a large number of fat quarters.  I also have one or two of the fabrics in my stash so I’m hoping that I will have enough.  I almost freaked out because I found the fabrics but didn’t buy them right away.  I was mulling over my options thinking about using alternate fabrics as the blog suggests.  But the options didn’t have the same appeal to me.  When I went back to buy the fabric, I couldn’t find it and though I had missed my opportunity (panic!).  I eventually did find it; I don’t know why I had so much trouble.   I even had Bill make a special run to the Barnes and Noble to get the book for me!  I was able to request the book on-line and they had it behind the counter so Bill only had to run in and pay.  They even emailed me when it was ready!  I haven’t even made this quilt and it already has quite a story.

I can’t wait to get my craft room to a state where I can start to work on things!


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In Agony, But In A Good Way

June 18, 2010


I’ve been bitten by the quilting bug these days.  I’m not a very experienced quilter; I can count the number of quilts I’ve sewn, in my life, on one hand.  I do enjoy the process of seeing bits of fabric turn into beautiful works of art and family heirlooms.  I’ve also started reading the blog, Red Pepper Quilts, and am inspired!

A good friend adopted a baby girl almost two years ago.  I’m so happy for my friend as this was a long process, filled with ups and downs.  It’s so wonderful to see this family together and happy.   The baby, who’s not really a baby anymore, is going to get a big girl bed soon and I wanted to do something special for both my friend and the baby, so I’m going to sew a quilt for the new bed.  I am VERY excited about making this quilt.  But I am also agonizing over it.  I want it to be near perfect and loved and cheerful…

I started to second guess myself.  I’ve been doing that a lot lately. Like yesterday, when I called my mom in a dither about using white fabric when I think the walls in the room are cream.   (Mom says you can’t go wrong with white.)  Today, I sent my friend a near frantic email:  You have two choices for fabric. funky/whimsical (as shown above) or girly/floral.  My original instinct, knowing my friend, was funky and that’s what she chose.   I can incorporate some of the florals in with the funky/whimsical, but it wouldn’t really have worked the other way around.  In addition to the fabric, I’ve been obsessing about what kind of pattern to use.  Last week, I decided to do something based on this beautiful quilt.   Two nights ago, I browsed quilt photos on flickr and started reconsidering my pattern.  I’m loving the triangles.  And then there’s this tutorial.

After some calming breaths (and a discussion with Mom), I’ve decided to stick with the squares.  I think it will work best with the fabrics I’ve chosen and is more suited to my experience level. I’ve been prewashing my fabrics and am ready to start cutting fabric!!  The fun begins.

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