I'm a self-taught quilter. Although I love shopping for new fabrics and enjoy piecing the tops, my favorite part of the process is when I finally get my sandwich together and can sit down and start quilting. I look forward to a few hours every evening when I get to hand quilt and really feel lost when I sit without a quilt hoop in my lap- - yes, even in the summertime!
I still consider myself a novice at machine quilting and generally leave that for smaller projects like totes and table runners. However, I have finished several baby quilts and a few larger ones and I must say, I'm liking my results. It's certainly true that it gets better with practice! Although machine quilting is fun and great for immediate gratification, I still like hand quilting best.
So far, all but three of my quilts have been made for family. I had a goal to make one for all of my nieces and nephews (up to nineteen now). And I've got just one more to go before I'm caught up there. Then it's on to filling in the gaps for brothers and brothers-in-law!
Hobbies and Interests
quilting, hand quilting, general sewing, gardening, general crafts
We only do well what is done with JOY. ~ St. Thomas Aquinas
Thanks for commenting on the Jewel Box quilt, Anne. I've just spent an enjoyable time looking at your quilts. The pinwheel quilt is spectacular and there were several other favorites as well. It's always nice to "meet" another hand quilter.
Very lucky sister! That is definitely something I'd cherish. I can understand about the direction of the pinwheels. I've done stuff like that. One time I did a whole quilt wtih scrappy Corn and Beans blocks. Not until after the whole thing was completed, quilting, binding and all, did I notice that ONE block was oriented wrong! At least you caught yours ahead of time.
The Katie's Kandy Kisses is for my youngest daughter, Katie. She picked 30's repros and I chose a quilt pattern to go with it. I love that quilt. But I took forever to hand quilt it and I had a hard time getting the markings out of the white areas (they had a white print on them), so I resorted to a bit of bleach. Bit mistake. I ended up with some small holes in it. A very kind lady said 'well, not it really gives it that vintage look'!
Thanks for the comments on the quilt. I am sheepishly going to tell you what the pattern is and where I found it. I was looking for a pattern that would be quick (this wasn't) colorful and inexpensive as I needed something to make and practice long arm quilting. I just started a business about 3 months ago Long-arm quilting. Soooo I was at Walmart one day saw the March quilt of the month loved the colors and $40.00 later I was on my way. The name of the pattern is Carpet of Flowers from Quilter's Collectibles. I also make purses. My theory is a woman can never have too many purses.