Sunday, February 10, 2008

UNC vs. Duke Throw Quilt

At the beginning of 2006, a group of stitchers from church began meeting regularly to create shawls, blankets, and quilts for people who were sick or grieving, those who had served in the church somehow, for people who were celebrating exciting times in their lives. This group has been a great place for creative inspiration and encouragement. The first quilt I finished to donate to the group was both Carolina blue and Blue Devil blue, so that no matter who received it, hopefully he or she would be happy with at least half the quilt. It warms my heart to say it went to a Carolina fan.

I used the "Northwind" Pattern from Marsha McCloskey's Quick Classic Quilts.

Started: March 2006
Finished: August 2006
Machine-pieced, Hand-quilted

Blue and Yellow Throw Quilt

After my first quilt came together completely by hand, sort of, Mom donated her old sewing machine to my cause. She came to visit one weekend in the fall, and we made a trip to JoAnn's to buy fabric, a rotary cutter, a mat, and two serious rulers. She showed me how to strip piece, and I made a throw quilt, with four patch pieces - a patch of solid yellow and blue, then a patch of floral yellow and blue.

Started: October 2005
Finished: March 2006
Machine-pieced, Hand-quilted

Sunday, February 3, 2008

My First Quilt EVER

Mom taught me how to quilt a long time ago, when I was about 9 years old. Over the next decade plus some, I might have picked up a needle and quilt a few lines while I watched TV if she or Mamaw had a quilt set up in a frame, but I never went out of my way to make anything on my own. My senior year of college, I was burnt out on cross stitch (and a little disgruntled at the lack of cross-stitch designs out there that appealed to my tastes), and found myself with a lot of free time on my hands my last semester. One night, after I had finished all my reading, I started thumbing through a couple of quilt books Mom had saved and sent to me (in hopes I might one day see the light), and I finally decided that it couldn't be that difficult, that I was going to make a quilt. So, with check card in hand, I made my way to WalMart to buy all the necessary supplies.

Needless to say, without anyone's knowledgeable supervision, I picked out pretty crummy supplies, but hey, my fabric all matched, and at that point, that was all that mattered to me.

I decided NOT to spring for a rotary cutter (a big mistake I later discovered), so all my fabric was crookedly cut and since I had no machine with a quarter-inch presser foot, crookedly hand-sewn. Nevertheless, I plowed ahead, hand-sewing all the small triangles into squares, then all the squares into larger squares to form pinwheels. Some of the points came together, most of them didn't.

I thought it was only fitting that I give it to my mother for her birthday later that year, since she was the one who taught me everything I thought I needed to know at that point to make a quilt. She's gracious enough to put it on the couch in the den, where it happens to match all the furniture.

Started: March 2005
Completed: October 2005
Hand-pieced, hand-quilted