I came across a blog the other day that I would like to share. The Virtual Quilter is a blog showing computer designed quilts that are NEVER sewn. I am always inspired by other’s designs. I use the same computer program, Electric Quilt, so that’s a bonus. I went clicking around this site and came across a posting that I just had to link you to. Made me laugh, probably because it’s so true. I have done a lot of these things. I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I did.
I am participating with a group of fellow bloggers on a journey. I am not exactly sure where we are going, but I am hopeful that I will learn and grow along the way. I am also hopeful that my blogging habits will become just that; habits. So here we are on Day 1 answering the question, “Why I’m here.”
I originally started this blog as a place to document and be accountable for a goal I set in January of this year. I’m an admitted procrastinator, so having a monthly deadline would require me to let go of my over thinking (more on that later) and get something done. Getting something done today would be nice.
My blog is primarily related to sewing, with an emphasis on quilting. I also teach and had been encouraged to blog for almost a year before I started. Long term, I hope to bring my teaching skills along with photos and videos to educate, encourage, and support my fellow crafters. I am also a notions junkie and hope to review and demonstrate those that I love and perhaps those that I don’t.
Lastly, I am a overthinker. I’m equally left-brain/right-brain. I don’t attempt to reinvent the wheel, but I also enjoy working things out. I once took a calculator apart that wasn’t advancing paper just to see if I could fix it; I did. Fulfilling that need means I analyse patterns and techniques on a regular basis. Sometimes the light bulb flashes, sometimes it blows a circuit breaker. Whatever the outcome, I never feel the time was entirely wasted.
The cutting was easy peaszy with the templates or rulers; which ever you have. I cut Saturday night and pieced it on Sunday. The piecing is all straight seams and since the tips are cut off, there is no thinking! There is even a fabric chart if you happen to have an Accuquilt®. Because I have to over think everything, the quilting took over my brain. Do I grid quilt it with my walking foot? Do I put it on the frame? Do I quilt it in the embroidery hoop? BINGO, the hoop it is. Now for a pattern. Six triangles make a hexie, so each flower is quilted with 6 triangles. There are four more triangles (the grey hexies between the flowers.) I’ve done the math, it’s 22 triangles. The alignment was fairly simple; although not perfect. I used light grey thread so you can hardly see it.
The big question I have when making a quilt is, would I do it again? In this case, the answer is definitely, YES. That being said, what I might change is the darker grey hexies between the flowers. I think I would like it better if they were the same color as the background. I’ve also been studying the pattern and think there are some fun things you could do. If you made the center of each flower the same fabric as the center accent (orange in this case) you would have a 6 pointed star. This is also the perfect pattern for holiday runners and I’ve been looking at each flower as a placemat pattern. I’m telling you, my mind is just having a blast!
Well, August is done, September is well on its way, and October is on the launching pad. That leaves November and December for doing holiday gifts.