Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Quilting Bucket List - and What I've Learned

I have a list of quilts, of varying degrees of difficulty, that I'd like to complete.

I feel like I've mastered the basics now, of measuring, cutting, basting and binding.

(Even though, I know myself - I get rushed and sometimes my measurments are *slightly* off...which as we know can lead to massive trouble at later stages. But I'm working on it.)

I feel though like I'm ready.....

I'm ready for more of a challenge. Here's some of my better work, and my Bucket List....

Best quilt I've ever made: Road to Oklahoma Star Quilt (dear friend's wedding gift; see the whole post here)

Starflower quilt - nearly finished!! Only started it....oh....4 years ago now!

Postage Stamp Quilt.- In Progress!

This is NOT my quilt; but I loved this dark jewel toned one.

Lone Star Quilt - Made 2; still don't have the math/cutting precision down. I have some beautiful red, navy and white I'm going to try again with.

Here's what they are supposed to look like.

Here's what mine looked like. It was a "Frozen" quilt for a fundraiser. It did the job, raised lots of $$. And I was ultimately happy with the end result. More...snowflakey and fractal-ish.

But......Count the points. Somehow...I ended up with 9. On an 8 point pattern. Ahem. AND I made it twice....carefully measuring and cutting. Same result.
(I know now that 1. I'm going WAY too fast when piecing 2. Always need to use the 1/4 foot for guiding and 3. Should get an actual 3 inch wide ruler and not fold the fabric when I cut so it doesn't "bow" in the middle.)

Dresden Plate.- Never Tried
Some different examples of the pattern.

Carpenter's Star/Swoon - Haven't Tried

I have a few other patterns at home I'm going to try out as well - a dear friend I don't see enough of sent me an entire box of vintage patterns from her Grandmother (she doesn't sew) and I can't wait to dig through those!

And last but not least.... A Sampler Quilt. But...we'll see. Truly will be a labour of love!!

What's on your bucket list to sew? Link up! Post your WIPS or UFOS in the comments!

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Piecing it all together

So if you're reading this 
you're either 

1. A Quilter/Sewist/Creator etc etc
2. Super bored and hitting "next" on Blogger
3. Related to me.

For me, there is no better thrill then holding sometime up and saying "I Made This." 
Or seeing peoples' faces light up when I give them something
 and they're like "OMG! You *made* this?!" And I proudly nod.

I love making stuff. It makes me happy.

And it helps me think, focus and meditate on things. 
(You know, things.)
Big things, little things. 

I like thinking that what I'm making is going to keep someone warm. That they'll reach for it when they're watching a movie. Or when it's just a tad chilly. Or when they're sick and need comfort. And I hope that when they use it they feel a bit of the love and care that went into it for them. Whether or not I know them or if they were a stranger making a purchase over Etsy. I like to think about these things as I create.

So it could be said that Quilting keeps me sane! 

What about you? How does sewing or quilting or whatever creative past time help you?