Sunday, October 28, 2007

Quilting Fun



News flash: DX's 100 Good Wishes Quilt is officially a work-in-progress! And I have the pictures to prove it! OK, OK, I'm just at the very beginning, but I expect that within 5 weeks, I'll have something much more substantial. Maybe even a finished quilt. This is my first quilt, ever... despite the fact that I've been hoarding quilting books since I was in my 20s.

I decided that if I was really ever going to make the quilt, instead of just taking out all my squares every few weeks and admiring them, I'd better set aside some designated quilting time each week. With 3 kids around, that time either had to be late at night, when I'm not firing on all pistons, or somewhere outside the house. A couple of months ago, my mother and I went to a new quilt shop to check it out. I was speaking to the owner, telling her about the project, and she suggested signing up for their "Scrap Quilt" class. Three hours a week of nothing but quilting! (Did I really say that?? Pinch me, I must be dreaming!)

We had the first class yesterday, and I began making these 6 blocks. Each week, we'll add on more pieces until we have the blocks completed, and then add the borders and backing. I'm actually using the "alternate cutting" instructions for my quilt, so I can get in more of the squares that people have sent me. But, with a pieced scrappy border, as well as the blocks, I'm sure that I can work all the squares in.

I just love working with textiles and fibres. It's so satisfying to see a piece of fabric transformed, or to watch a ball of wool become something you can snuggle up under or wear.

2 comments:

Mommy-To-Channing said...

Hi Carolyn....WOW, you have energy!!! I started Channing's quilt a year ago and its almost done. All I need to do is pick out the binding, find someone to put the snaps on (making it a sleeping type quilt if she wants it like that) then it will be finlly be done.
She loves looking at it and I cant wait to finally let her cuddle up with it. It will be such a great keepsake for the kids!!!
Hope all is well and give the kids a hug from us!!

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