Monthly Archives: January 2011

Busy otherwise, not busy quilting


I have been really busy lately, but not with quilting as much as I would like to be. We have decided to move, and we’ll be selling our house and many belongings at an auction scheduled for March. This means I am very busy with packing boxes, moving items to a sale staging area, and getting the house ready for an open house.

The good news is, in the course of cleaning and organizing the sewing room, I put all my unfinished projects in one box. Now that most of the intense work is done, I can spare some time for sewing and quilting. I don’t really want to start a new project, and seeing my old unfinished ones gave me a little incentive to clear out the box soon. It’ll be easy to pull out a project, work a bit, and it can go right back in the box if I don’t have time to work on it.

I pulled out two Christmas table runners last weekend, and finished them. One is for my niece and one for myself. I rarely make two items the same but I loved this design. I saw a project, but I never purchase kits so I made one that was similar. I had most of the squares together, the large white blocks cut out, and was stuck with deciding what to fill that large white space with. I noticed I had two different holly patterned fabrics so I appliqued holly leaves and berries. I’m very happy with the result, and in two days was able to complete these two table runners.

This weekend I noticed a tutorial by Noodlehead, which came at exactly the right time. I have three co-workers having babies, and I needed a fast project I could finish within a week, when the shower is scheduled. I made some diaper pouches using scraps from my closet. The color portions are flannel, leftover from previously made baby quilts.

What makes me happy? Two great weekends of sewing!

A Little Inspiration Credit

I have recently been spending more time on quilterblogs.com, where I can peek at the photos other quilt bloggers are posting and get some ideas. I came across Wayne Kollinger’s blog.

He is a self-taught quilt designer, and wondered aloud why aren’t more quilters designing their own quilts. I am one who does.

I dislike making something from a kit that hundreds (thousands?) of other quilters have made from the same fabrics in the same way. Quilting is an expression of what I think, what I feel, and what fabrics are in my closet or shopping bag. I like to choose fabrics myself and put them together in a way that pleases me. I haven’t even been able to make any two quilts from the same design! Somehow that bores me and I want my quilting to be fun, imaginative, and never a chore.

I have some disasters, yes I do. I have photos of quilts that I’d rather not show, but I have so many others that I’m proud to display. Hence this blog. I’m displaying the quilts I’m proud of, and hoping you will read, browse, get inspired, and leave me a comment or two.

Wayne Kollinger recently posted a photo of a curving 9-patch quilt. When I saw it, I wanted to use the concept of straying from the typical checkerboard arrangement of 9-patch to something unique. Now, I feel that I’m at a bit of a disadvantage, because I don’t have dandy quilt designing software for the computer. I do things the old fashioned way, either in my head, or with a spreadsheet. I change the size of the squares so that they are the size and dimension I need, then fill in the blanks with solid colors. I may not stick to the arrangement, but it gives me a starting place.

(*note: if anyone wants to donate an OLD quilt designing program, I have a PC and would gladly accept. :D)

At this time, I don’t have a design made that is based on Wayne’s curving 9-patch. I saved a link to his photo and I will refer back to it many times, and one day the inspiration will hit me hard and I’ll think, “Why did it take me this long to come up with this?” Until then, I’m still mulling it over. Thanks, Wayne, and thanks, quilters, for inspiring me.