So I have a crappy sewing machine. When I got it a few years ago, I didn’t want to invest a lot of money in one because I was just learning how to sew/quilt. I love quilting, but on my machine it has become so much of a chore, such a frustration, that I rarely do it. Eric, I think, is tired of hearing me curse at the thing everytime I try to sew something. So, we are going to begin the process of looking for a new machine for me. This will probably end up being my birthday present this year (which is in August), so I won’t have anything new for a little while. I realized the other day though that I have several quilt tops that I am in the process of piecing. I hesitate to switch machines mid-top, because there may be enough variation in the stitching that my blocks may not all come out the same size. So, with that in mind I think I am going to have to bite the bullet and try to finish my quilt tops that I have in progress before I get the new machine.
Way back in 2001, I learned how to quilt. I made three quilt tops that year, that still have not been quilted and finished into quilts. My very first quilt has some of the quilting done on it, but I have so much trouble with my machine, that I quit working on it. I would so love to see these pieces finished! Out of all the quilts I have started, only four are finished. Here are pics of two of them.
This is a Watercolor Log Cabin. I purchased this kit at the first quilt show I went to. The kit came with the pattern and all of the floral fabrics for the piecing. I purchased the border and backing fabric separately. The blocks are pieced together so that half the block is light and half is dark. This is a wall-hanging, so it is only about 20 x 20 inches maybe.
This is a closeup of the blocks and here you can see the fabric I used on the back. I machine-pieced this, but quilted it by hand.
My second finished quilt is this baby quilt. I don’t have children yet, but I just loved the 1930s reproduction fabrics so much, that I decided to make a baby quilt for “someday”. This is made up of nine-patch blocks and I interspersed the repro fabrics with muslin. I love the look of this.
I think the squares are 2 x 2″ squares. I cut every single one of them out and laid them out the way I wanted them. Yes, I am a little obsessive. This is crib-size, so it’s about 36 x 45″.
I used muslin also for the binding and the backing. Both of these have quilt labels on the backs (I do manage to sign my quilts…but I am just now starting to sign my stitching pieces!). I have the labels embroidered and then I use fabric from the quilt top as a border for the label. They turn out pretty cute. This quilt was machine-pieced and machine-quilted. As I said, I only have two other quilts that are actually finished – both of which were gifts. I’ll post pics of those next time. Part of my frustration with having so many unfinished quilts is that I call myself a quilter, but I don’t really feel like one. I am hoping that this year, with the help of a new machine, I can finish some of these languishing quilts and proudly call myself a quilter.
I am hoping to get caught back up on my batik blocks of the month (I have two to do – Nov & Dec), and then you should be seeing the Kimonos back again. If anyone can recommend a good machine, let me know!
I have to apologize too, for not posting more frequently. I haven’t had a lot to show for the past few days. I started a HAED (Heaven and Earth Designs) piece, but I think the fabric I chose is not going to work out. So, I will be restarting. I haven’t done anything on my Lemon Meringue Sampler except the backstitching around those top flowers. I have started my stitching on Jen’s RR piece, and hope to finish that soon – so no sense in showing progress photos. I have almost finished the second bird on my Queen of the Needle piece, but again – not really enough to show a progress photo. So, thanks for sticking with me…even when I have nothing to show. Here’s hoping for a relaxing weekend in front of the TV watching movies and stitching!
Oh, and to answer a question on the French Onion Tart – the recipe is in the new (January/February) issue of Cook’s Illustrated (excellent magazine).
Walk to Rivendell: I am looking back at the lights of Hobbiton from the first slopes of the Green Hill Country (7.5 miles).
I am grateful for finished projects.