I spent quite a bit of time working on the quilt for my brother Mark yesterday. Last night my eldest son and I were sitting in the family room together. He was watching the Toronto vs Carolina hockey game while playing his guitar and singing and chatting with me and I was just happily stitching away. What could be better? He is feeling less pain and is much better at walking with his cast. I have really enjoyed his time here but he will be going back to his place in a day or two and then I will get my sewing room back. I really miss it!
Handquilting Brother Love
I have decided to call my brother's quilt Brother Love. I have made great progress (and I have a sore underfinger to prove it) and I am working on the last side of the border. I had already gone around the quilt border once with free-hand baptist fans so now I just need to add another row and a half down this last side to complete it.
I made a quilt for each of my sons for Christmas. I was inspired by Mary of Making Scrap Quilts from Stash. She can be found at http://blog.maryquilts.com/. The patterns that inspired me are http://www.maryquilts.com/new-forest-bricks/ and http://www.maryquilts.com/boxed-squares/. I LOVE how they turned out. The first one I made ended up smaller than I had wanted but it is still perfect for my son. I ran out of brown fabric and instead of running out to buy more I just called it done. It is made from solid brown and various greens and it just looked so woodsy that I named it Woodland. I made the second quilt for my youngest son and it is named The River. He wanted a quilt that was made with green fabric but I just had to add some blue. I didn't have enough solid green and the quilt shop didn't have enough in the store so they had to order some. While I was waiting for the green I got all of the other fabric cut and ready to go. I was running out of time but I couldn't start piecing because I needed the green for the center squares. Well once I got the missing fabric I worked like a madwoman and got it all done in time. I am so pleased with both quilts and I think my sons are too (even though for some reason they are not as enthusiastic as I am - go figure!!!!). I quilted them both with a meandering pattern.
For some reason the colours don't really appear as they do in "real-life". I guess that is something that I will have to work on.
I want to document as many of my quilts as I can. There are quilts that I have given away and for whatever reason I do not have any information. This really bothers me because each quilt I make means so much to me. I put so much of me into each one whether it is a quilt designed by me or one that is inspired by someone else's design. So I think that every so often I will make a post about a quilt that I have made previously and fill in as many details as I can. I don't know if you can print a whole blog or individual posts into something like a book or journal format from Blogger but I would be very interested in doing that.
I made this gorgeous quilt for my niece Deanna in June 2010. She wanted a quilt that was really bright and that used black. She helped to choose the pattern as well as the fabrics. This quilt was paper-pieced and I got the pattern from an older magazine - Quiltmaker's All-Time Favorites (Spring 2003). When it came time to remove the paper I visited with some of my sisters and my neice and we spent time together picking the paper off. It made a really boring task quite enjoyable. I didn't follow the layout in the magazine - I had to make it my own - even if it is just small changes. My original design for this quilt was to use the blue for the inner border and have the black as the outer border. When I laid it out it was bothering me so I switched them around and I think it looks great. The finished quilt measures approx 65" x 82". She also chose the backing fabric. It has a center of black/red/white Betty Boop design but there wasn't enough available for the full backing so she also chose an inner border of red/white dot and an outer border of small black/white check. I don't have a picture of it but it turned out just fine. It did take me a little longer to baste this quilt because I really had to pay attention to how the quilt top was centered on the backing. I quilted it using a meander design by machine and hand stitched the binding to the back. She is very happy with this quilt - I think she loves it just as much as I do.
My eldest son fell and broke his ankle a couple days ago so he is having an extended visit with us. It is really great to have the whole family together for a few days. He is sleeping in my sewing room - we have placed a mattress on the floor for him so I cannot really get into my sewing room to get any work done. I had planned on working on my Roll Roll Cotton Boll Mystery Quilt-a-long (from Bonnie Hunter) but I will have lots of time later. This is a great opportunity for me to work on the quilt that I am making for my brother Mark. I had intended on giving it to him last year and I really would have except that at the last minute I had decided to hand quilt it. I have only hand quilted once before and I am not very good at it but with practice...... I have completed quilting the center and I am now working on the borders. I am quilting the borders al a Tonya Ricucci from Lazy Gal Quilting and Bonnie Hunter from Quiltville - free hand Baptist Fans and they are really wonky but I am loving it. Hopefully, I will get it completed soon because my brother must think I have totally forgotten about his quilt.
I got a new camera for Christmas from my husband and I am trying it out. I think I still need practice but eventually I will be able to get good quilt shots and figure out how to place them properly on my blog.
I have been looking at quilting blogs for quite some time and I am inspired by so many of them. There are many people "out there" that have such unbelievable talent. I am amazed at the creativity and the beautiful work that is on display in blogland. I am certainly not an expert quiltmaker but I sure am an enthusiastic one. I am looking forward to sharing my quilting journey and showing the quilts that I make even if they are not quite perfect.
I am not really computer savvy and I am technologically challenged but I will try to post often and with pictures. My husband did show me how to get the pictures from the camera to the computer but I need another lesson!