Monday, June 10, 2013
A couple of months ago I decided I was going to teach myself to quilt. The problem with this is that quilting is, of course, in essence, sewing--which has never been a talent of mine. But I was determined. I love quilts. Love them. And for a very long time, I have wanted to make them.
I started small, with a little table-topper about the size of a large placemat. I sewed the whole thing by hand. It turned out pretty good, as long as you just look at the front. Then I started making blocks for a nine-patch. Really BIG nine patch blocks. I quickly realized that piecing them by hand would take me the rest of my life. I am not that patient. Luckily, I bought an adorable used sewing machine from a friend. A pale blue Kenmore Mini Ultra. Which is surely not intended for sewing big quilts, but I've been using it for just that purpose. The Nancy quilt was fairly easy to quilt, since it is a much more manageable size(31 inches wide by 39 inches long).
I suspected that fabric was probably just as addictive, if not more so, than paper, and it turns out I was right about this. I admit that I get overwhelmed by all the choices available. The Nancy quilt was easier to design because I used the charm pack (by Moda Fabrics) to design it so it saved me lots of time and effort as far as rotary cutting. It was rather like putting a puzzle together. I would also like to mention that I bought my Nancy fabric from Fat Quarter Shop and was totally impressed with the quick shipping: I ordered it on a Tuesday afternoon and it arrived in my mailbox Thursday morning. I will definitely order from them again! You can check out their sweet selection of fabric at: www.FatQuarterShop.com.
I have some Nancy fabric left over and I'm already having fun playing with those leftovers. If my experiments turn out as I hope, I'll share. If not, I'll just order more fabric!
The Nancy quilt will get put to use as part of my show display, so if you're a craft-show shopper in Des Moines, you can come visit Nancy and I in person, if you like. We'd love to see you.