Well, as a lot of you know this weekend is Fall Quilt Market in Houston. I, of course, am not there (but I want to go so badly!), so I’m taking part in the Blogger’s Quilt Festival that Amy is hosting. Amy planned this event so that all of us who weren’t going to market could get up to a little fun ourselves. The idea is to show a quilt (or two) and tell their story. Many quilters’ will be showing their quilts, so head on over to Amy’s and check the Mr. Linky to read about everyone else’s quilts.
Pull up a seat, grab a mug of tea (or whatever you want, and if you choose to spike it I promise I’ll look the other way), and sit around the fire. You can even put your bunny-slippered feet up on my coffee table if you’d like, I don’t mind.
I have only made two ‘proper’ quilts in my life so far (not including the little ones I used to make for my miniature dollhouse as a child), and am currently working on my third which is a pinwheel quilt using print from Joel Dewberry’s Chestnut Hill collection and Kona cotton.
I don’t really know where the original idea came to quilt. I always thought it was something I would never be able to do – it just seemed so complicated and time-consuming. Then something weird happened: I was looking online for fabric one day and saw some, Arcadia from Moda, that I thought my friend Jenna (who was getting married a few months later) would like. All of a sudden the thought just struck me, “you should make Jenna a quilt as her wedding gift”. Before I knew it I had purchased the fabric, and then the nerves set in. I didn’t know how I was possibly going to make a quilt when I had never come close to making a ‘proper’ one before and didn’t have anyone to show me the basics. The fabric arrived and it sat for awhile, but then sometime in May inspiration struck and I began cutting. I didn’t use a pattern (probably my first mistake) and just came up with something on my own. It took longer than I’d hoped (it was only finished two days before the wedding) and I think it came out a little wonky (although other people tell me they can’t see what’s wrong with it).
I was a little sad to give away my first quilt, but it was made with a lot of love. Jenna says that she loves it and has put it on the bed in her spare room.
The second quilt I made was a baby quilt. It went so much smoother than the first one! Again, I didn’t use a pattern, but I really like the way it turned out and I love the colours. This one was made for a brand new baby girl named Lucy, whose father is one of Alex’s best friends. This mostly uses fabric from Amy Butler’s Midwest Modern collection, and the sashing is ivory/white cotton with little flowers that I picked up at Fabricland.
I was really happy with this quilt, and Tasha (Lucy’s Mum) has informed me that people really like it and keep asking her where she got it. Maybe when I actually get my Etsy shop set up (on hold right now because my sewing machine is apparently possessed), little baby quilts like this will be included.
Thank you everyone for stopping by, especially those new visitors who has found me via the Blogger’s Quilt Festival. I hope that you’ll stick around and maybe we can become friends. I’m really a very nice and interesting person (that was a joke, but really, I am nice and occasionally interesting).