Hi Everyone, this has nothing to do with my paper crafting abilities(which I question most days). It's all about quilts. I made these quilts over the past several years, and they each have a story. So travel along with me while I share their story with you.
The below quilt is my first full size quilt I made several years ago. I was out shopping in a very quant country town and saw the completed quilt hanging in a store. I had never tried quilting a full size quilt and fell in love with this pattern. I came from a book by Cathy Wierzbicki called Take time to Quilt. I believe it's out of print now, but you might still be able to find a copy. I used colors that I see when I look out across our hay field in September. I sent the top out to be quilted by a professional.
It's still my favorite.
The next quilt was inspired by our neighbors who are old order Mennonite and quilt quite heavily in the winter. They were making one similar. I am not sure what it is called, but it's made up of log cabin blocks, and grandmother's fan blocks. I did not have a pattern, but I do have a program called electric quilt. I designed it on that, and made templates out of wood so I would cut the fan pattern with my rotary cutter. For the colors, I went to Lowes paint section and picked out several combinations that appealed to me. I had grandeous plans of quilting this one by hand, and I had every intention of completing it, but 2 month's later I only had the very edge quilted. So I contacted my neighbors, and made a deal, I would trade them a finished top, if they would finish quilting my quilt by hand. What a deal. So a little piece of the wonderful neighbor ladies is in this quilt. I never took a picture of the top I made for them, and regret it.
This last quilt was inspired by a 1.00 calendar I got at Micheals 3 years ago. It was quilts in a calendar painted by Diane Phalen. One month showed a quilt hanging over a porch railing. I loved that quilt and with a little research, I found that the pattern was called Corn and Peas(I think). Anyway I dyed the fabric except for the red, cut it out a put it back together. By now I was really interested in machine quilting free hand. So I drew the pattern on, not sure really what I wanted and started quilting. I had to roll up the quilt to get it to fit under the arm of the sewing machine. It took 80 hours to quilt and 5 spools of thread, but that includes the time it took to tear out stitches becasue I wasn't satisfied with the way it was turning out. The quilting has an Urn, Peacock, Feathers, Flames and meandering.
I really am missing quilting, and I have at least 6 full size quilts in various states of being finished, not unlike my paper crafting. Maybe this winter I can get a few done.
Thanks for listening to my quilt stories.
I made this quilt for my MIL last Christmas. She is always making quilts for everyone in the family, but I don't think anyone has every made one for her, so I made her one. It was a quick and simple pattern, nothing real hard. I do like the way it turned out. Most of the fabric in the quilt, I hand dyed. I love dying fabric by hand, it is so much fun to see how it turns out, and how vivid the colors are that can be achived.