Wow, it’s been quite a while since my last post! I’ve been busy creating things and applying for jobs (and going to interviews!). I thought I’d do a quick update on my projects and post some photos of what I’ve been up to and what I’ve got planned for the future. Crafts first because they’re more fun!
My first quilt….
I’ve finished all of the piecing for the top of my rail fence quilt and have pinned all the layers together, with some lovely cotton batting in the middle and a cool vintage sheet as the back.
The whole thing seems a bit tooooo pink for my liking at this point, but I think I like it and now that I’ve got it all tacked together I’m committed (ie. too lazy to un-pin and re-pin something else). Besides, I want to use my cool pink sheet for something and I don’t use sheets now that I’ve moved onto the wonderful world of duvets in covers.
The next step is actually “quilting”, or sewing all the layers together and I’m wanting to try free motion quilting, where you move the quilt around with your hands, leaving a little swirly design as you go. I’m pretty intimidated by this step, so much so that I’ve started other projects instead. I keep pretending it’s so I can practice on something smaller and less meaningful, but then I wuss out on those too because I don’t want to ruin them either. I’ll get there eventually.
So, after I finished my first quilt I had lots of little bits left over and I decided to rip them all apart and use the strips to make another quilt, incorporating some solid chocolate brown stripes. Seam ripping is fun (no it’s not!).
I’m following yet another tutorial, this one at http://www.ohfransson.com. I haven’t decided exactly what my squares will look like yet, but I’ll be sure to tell you when I do. Feel free to make suggestions! It’ll be something like this…
Wonky Log Cabin quilt
I love this quilt because you almost can’t mess it up, or at least you can’t tell 🙂 The wonky-ness means you don’t have to cut and sew everything perfect, as long as you trim the squares all down to the same size afterwards. The hardest part was arranging the squares so that there weren’t two of the same pattern next to each other.
I used a tutorial at http://www.quiltdad.com – you can too!
After a brief and frightening attempt at free motion quilting, I decided to hand quilt stars all over. I’m pretty happy with the results 🙂 All I have left is the binding… the thing I’m second most scared of.
Plaid Giraffe Quilt
Every year the quilting guild sells yard square quilts (that means they’re 3ft x 3ft) Memorial Day weekend in downtown Berkeley Springs and donates all of the money to a local charity. Looking over the quilts they made last year, which were beautiful, it seemed like they were missing some child-friendly quilts, so Hannah and I decided to theme one around a giraffe and acacia tree motif. Here was our design brainstorming sheet:
We (I) also wanted to try making different kinds of blocks, so we ended up with a number of plaid blocks that we’ll place around the giraffe and tree.
Now to put it all together!
Kitty Pin Cushion!
It didn’t take long to realize that leaving pins and needles all over the place was a dangerous idea, so I made this kitty to hold on to them for me.
I had this brilliant idea after I thought I lost a pin and my aunt and mom went nuts trying to find it. Apparently they were traumatized as children by my nana. We never found the pin, maybe it was never lost to begin with, but either way I’ve got somewhere to keep them now!
Hmmm. I’m not feeling like talking about jobs right now because I’m in too good of a mood after reviewing all of my craft accomplishments. I think I’ll save that for tomorrow!
Days of yoga 1 for 1.