I've finally begun work on a quilt that I've wanted to make for a long time. Last fall, Hubby and I agreed on a pattern for this quilt, but honestly I was scared of the pattern (CURVES!) and procrastinated. I've been buying fabric for this quilt for months and months- every time I go to a fabric store, I buy at least a 1/4 yard of something to use for it. Our bedroom is a deep royal blue, decorated with pictures of Santorini (Greece), and accented in white... I was going for a cool, modern, Mediterranean feel. It's kinda hard to find a pattern that I think will be easy enough for me to handle, yet fit in with the decor of our room. I ended up designing my own pattern, based on several that I've seen before. I made a prototype by sewing one square (using scraps) and making some color copies of it:
I recently washed most of the fabric that I've stockpiled for this quilt, and today I attacked the pile with the iron.
Then I began cutting strips. I'll be cutting strips for at least another day or two, as this quilt will be about 110" square when finished.
I would love for this quilt to be ready to bind by mid-July. We go to family camp here every summer. They have a speaker for the adults every morning (breakfast until lunch), and the ladies- and even some guys- usually spend this time crafting while they listen. There are several knitters and embroiderers, mainly the crafting is all fabric/thread based... I'd like to spend my time this summer doing the binding on this quilt.
The problem? I can't free-motion quilt! I stitch-in-the-ditch, and that's the last thing I want to do on this project! I'd love to learn how to free-motion quilt on my machine, but my machine is giving me some stress lately... so although I'd love to take a class and do my own quilting, I'm thinking about asking a fantastic quilter if she'd consider helping me out (for payment, of course!) The quilter I have in mind is one of my favorite crafty bloggers, she does a beautiful job and every time I see a new project of hers I am inspired to be more creative.
Ok, so I know that was a bit linky, but it was also kinda fun to go back and check out some of her older stuff!