Friday, May 29, 2009
My daughter snapped a picture of me as I worked on her quilt. The idea for this quilt is from one done by Amanda Jean at http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/2008/10/how-to-make-ragged-squares-quilt.html. It looks a little messy with the strings but once it's done and washed it should be a very cute quilt. I like the extra weight it has, it will be nice during the winter. The goal is to finish this weekend so I can work on another quilt inspired by Amanda Jean using blocks made of 9 patches. I cut 180 + patches last night and need to get another 135 done today so I can have enough to make 35 squares, one for every year that have been married! So much to do and so little time.
Posted by VanillaBean at 8:04 AM
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
After looking at the many many giveaways listed on Sew, Mama, Sew I became inspired to create a project of my own and avoid the beast (Ava's blanket) which I need to finish basting. I used this project to try out free motion quilting but found it to be hard and I think I might not be doing something right. Be that at it may I finished it and this is the result. I am excited to use the notebook although not sure when as I have stoped applying for all jobs until the end of summer. I do plan to oneday take a free motion class to get better at it!
Posted by VanillaBean at 5:22 PM
Friday, May 22, 2009
I made this mini quilt using Neptune by Moda and I loved how it came together. I had a few things about it that I didn't like being the thread but i loved the material and the colors. I did decided after it was done never to sew when I am tired. It caused some problems but all in all I like it and hope she does as well. Now to finish the twin size quilt for my oldest girl.
Posted by VanillaBean at 9:41 AM
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
My second quilt made for my second child. I envisioned this quilt to be a little different than what it became but I love it still. My rotary cuts leave much to be desired and they squares became smaller and smaller as I tried to get them to be uniform. As a result I added the white sashes to lengthen the quilt. As with my first this quilt was a learning experience to me and with luck I'll keep improving!
I was given this as a kit called Cake Walk given to me by my Aunt. It was a easy top to make with jelly rolls being used and then the larger triangles cut and sew to the diamond. I was intimidated by the actual quilt part but once I started to sew I realized it was not as hard as I imagined it would be. However the back did have some bad parts to it where the material bunched a little. The front bottom has some puckering as does the top. However I love this quilt because it is my first and the beginning of what I hope will continue a long line of quilts!
I am so happy to have a place to share my quilts and only my quilts. I have made many baby blankets and a few adult blankets that I have given as presents. I am fascinated in all aspects of quilting, from traditional quilts to art quilts to crazy quilts. My quilts, with the exception of one, are designed purely from thoughts and daydreaming. Patterns and colors inspire me as well as quilts done by others. Never one to truly follow directions or recipes my quilts are never "perfect" or award winners. They are done with love, hard work, and caring! I quilt because I love to sew!
Posted by VanillaBean at 11:58 AM