Monday, April 30, 2012
My 2 finished quilts
The quilt above was my second attempt at quilting, I also started another Thimbleberry quilt at the same time, which is still in pieces waiting to be finished. Discovered that I really didn't have the talent or time to work on two quilts at one time. You'd think that I worked on the one above, since it's done, but I didn't, I actually worked on the other one most of that year. Once the block of the month club was over I drove into this quilt and didn't look back. The above quilt is call Women's Voices and each quilt pattern came with a story - it's a Civil War quilt and I loved reading the short stories about the quilt. I learned more about quilting doing these squares. Some of them turned out pretty darn good, others, well lets say the picture is kind to the points :) This quilt has been quilted and the binding attached and now resides with my oldest daughter, Dawn. She is a single Mom and I thought this quilt was fitting for her - she needs to be strong for her daughter. I'm hoping this quilt is passed down to my grand-daughter someday and that it keeps them both warm over the years.
So where did my quilting talent come from? I watched and still watch a lot of Ellen Burns and her Quilt in a Day series. While a lot of people have a natural talent, or they take a real class, I watch re-runs while quilting and try to pick up on tips.
I have two other quilts that are so close to being ready to be assembled - both of them are Thimbleberry quilts - one is from the Lake & Lodges - I did Lodges and it will be for my son. Again it's a king size quilt and the other, I'm not sure what they called it, but it is a variety of squares, and will be for my youngest daughter.
In the wings I have two more quilts that I've not started yet - Petticoat and Patriots and Underground Rail Road. Not sure who will get those, I think my youngest daughter has the Underground RR in her sights. I miss having a change to sew, hoping to get both of the quilts close to being done, completed this summer, quilted and ready for Christmas - we'll see.
We won't even go into the quilt kits that I've gotten and not done at all, but there are more than 1 - not as bad as my x-stitch UFO and WIP's, thank goodness I've acquired some restrain when buying material, just don't go looking in all of my bins, there is a lot of flannel and other material that has been purchased with something in mind, or I really just liked it and figured someday I'd find a project for it.
So while cross stitching is my #1 passion, quilting and needlepointing run a close 2nd with knitting socks and spinning running 3rd, teddy bears 4th and hoping to try my hand at rug hooking yet, I have several kits to try, but just haven't gotten very far in my attempts. I can't wait for retirement, but it's still 10 years away :(
Until next time, hope your have thread in your bobbin and on your spool and my it last until you get your quilt square done!!