Monday, March 11, 2013

A pillow and a star!

I am so proud of myself for keeping up with posting! I still don't have my sewing machine back from the shop, so I still have time to post already completed quilts.

Yesterday I posted the baby quilts I had made for a friends little girl but I had forgotten that I had also made her a pillow as well.

Bunny pillow with braids

I told my friend when she first announced her pregnancy that I would make her a quilt and a pillow with the baby's name. Of coarse, she untimely got 2 quilts and a pillow. Her husband is Nigerian and apparently their naming customs are a bit more complex and they decided not to announce the babies name until she was born. So, I couldn't have the pillow done in time for the baby shower or anything like that. 

The pillow is made of scraps of Strawberry Fields that I had left over from another quilt. I had never done the braided border before but I had a lot of fun doing it! It's much easier than it looks.

Hand embroidery

This was my first embroidery project by hand. I watched a YouTube video of someone hand embroidering towels and that was enough to get me going! I think it's pretty good for a first try, if I do say so myself!

Garden Stars quilt
This is my Garden Stars quilt. Believe it or not, this is actually the second quilt I ever made! When I went to sign up for my first quilting class, at a shop that is not longer in business I was admiring the store display of this quilt. The lady asked me if I would like to sign up for this class as well. To be honest with you I thought she was nuts! Even as a new quilter I knew triangles spelled trouble! The lady convinced me that I would not be over my head once I was done with the basic quilting class and I reluctantly agreed to sign up for this class! It was a tuffy but I got though! Most likely largely because I was the only one who signed up for the class at that particular time so I had the teachers undivided attention and her extensive patience!

Garden Stars quilt
All and all, I think it turned out really well, but more importantly I think it gave me the confidence to go on and fell like I knew enough to be able to carry on and make more quilts by myself, without supervision. I had just received this quilt back form the quilter last 4th of July and I took it with me to go watch fireworks with my husband and one of his friends and we all sat on it on the ground. When I told that story at guild a few days later, people were horrified that I would put it on the grass. One lady asked if I needed to borrow an old quilt to use for things like that. Like I said I really want my quilts to be used, and enjoyed! It wouldn't be any fun to make them and then store them away were I can't admire them for fear of them getting dirty. I also know that a hundred years ago women were making quilts because they needed them, not so much for decoration. I want my quilts to be a little utilitarian as well. So, I'm going to keep using my quilts as often as possible even if other quilter, far wiser than I, think I'm a bit nuts for it.

1 comment:

  1. this is gorgeous! glad you're putting them to use as well - quilts should be loved.