Thursday, July 5, 2012

Biting Off More Than I Can Chew


Here is a quilted place mat that I made this past spring:
Quilted mat1

I use it on the bedside table of the guest room:Quilted mat2

I have also use scraps of material from other sewing projects to piece together and quilt some pot holders.  This has been the some sum total of my quilting experience to date.  I didn’t really know what I was doing, I just wanted to use up scraps.

Was I daunted by my lack of education and experience when I for some reason took it into my head to attempt a larger quilt project?    No, no, just plunge ahead full speed.  Make it up as you go along.
quilt top 001
Here we are in progress.  Since I took this picture I have added a plain narrow border and then a wider print border.  I have cut the backing and the batting and pinned everything together.  I think it’s way too big to quilt on a regular sewing machine and I had not previously considered the possibility of hand quilting.

Now I know why it is fairly common to find quilt tops, unfinished, for sale at yard sales and flea markets.  You would have thought the piecing together part was the hard part…but noooooooooooo.

10 comments:

  1. I learned quickly that I was not a quilter. Good luck. I have complete confidence in you.

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  2. I have never made a quilt and probably never will, but do enjoy seeing them.

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  3. My knarled up fingers make quilting a no no but I appreciate all the work that goes into one. Way to go.

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  4. I have quilted small things, like your first projects. I'm not really interested in trying big projects and one of the reasons you have just discovered. It's too late to make manageable blocks and then sew then together. You will have to decide if it is worth paying to have it quilted by someone who has a big quilting machine.

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  5. Gorgeous! My sister makes amazing quilts, but sewing is stressful to me. I think I'm so impatient. Also I don't have the best special skills, and I always get confused.

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  6. I hope you'll just keep going - somehow this crazy quilt needs completion.

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  7. I have a few friends who live for quilting! I don't get it, but I'm glad for them.

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  8. Funny you should say that!! I have a quilt top that I never made into a quilt. I have the batting, backing and everything. I am giving it to one of my neighbors, she will put it together and 'we' will donate it next year to the Lake Association Benefit. Get that ball in somebody else's court!

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  9. Very beautiful! Looks like a work of abstract art.

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  10. It is going to be beautiful! I can't believe you've been faking it as you go! Nicely done!

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