|Five quilts in process. Can you find them all? (See the rack in back!)|
While looking at materials on Sewitsforsale@yahoo.com and quilts on pinterest and ebay I schemed and purchased new fun materials to play with and even found myself bidding on a few small quilts tops. I have since sat down and figured out how many years I will have to live to complete them all, and it is enough to make a me suicidal!! Oddly, I think many quilters are like me? If overwhelmed, take on more, not less!
|Hand-quilting practice on this small New York beauty bought on ebay!|
I carefully calculated how many hours it would take to finish each quilt and devised my Three Ring Circus Plan but before long I was as behind as ever, or so it seemed. Some days my body just doesn't cooperate!! Being, like Pooh Bear and a person of little brain, who doesn't change plans, but instead pushes harder, I am working to focus on my projects and shifting from one to another as I carry-on!
It has all begun to make some sort of strange sense. I first started quilting when I was in my twenties and jumping back into quilting now has been no small venture. My skills are rusty at best and at worst I knew I needed new techniques to do the sorts of quilts that I see at shows.
While I was my mother's quilt consultant until she died nine years ago and she considered me a bit of a quilt expert and critic, the truth was that my early learned skills are in much need of practice. What looks easy is not and I have worked hard the past few months practicing the following skills: machine stitching uniform patchwork; making delicate hand-applique stitches using cotton fabrics that necessitate first turning the edges under with precision and glue, unlike wool applique; and brushing up on my hand-quilting skills. I have yet to do much machine quilting except on some throw pillows, but that will soon start as I machine quilt my 9 Patch/9 Patch quilt strips and I will then join them together using a "quilt-as-you-go" technique, making them easier to work on, incrementally.
|Practicing making more precise 9-patch quilt blocks using a paper guide.|
|9 Patch blocks ready to be sewn with plain blocks for 9 Patch/9 Patch blocks.|
|9 Patch/9 Patch blocks to sew to make strips for Quilt-As-You Go Quilting.|
|9 Patch strips to make 9 patch/9 Patch blocks with pink instead of muslin.|
|Practicing freezer paper applique technique.|
|Practicing turning edges under and gluing for precise applique work.|
|Wall hanging ready for quilting. Made with Daiwabo Japanese Fabrics.|
|Purchased quilt top, ready for practice quilting--see on rack in first picture.|
|Washable sanitary pads make for much cutting and machine sewing practice.|