Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Some Thoughts

Just one picture to share today:

This beautiful stack of Kona solids is going to become a quilt. I can't wait to see how it turns out.

I'm not a writer. I've never considered myself one. The only English class I feel like I've ever truly enjoyed was Business Communications in college. That class was all about grammar rules and being as succinct as possible - I think it's the most mathematical form of writing. There's no need for flowery words and convoluted sentences in business. Sometimes I worry, though, that I am too succinct in my blog writing. I throw a few pictures of a quilt in a post, slap on a caption, and call it good. I rarely really write about my inspiration, my process, and just life in general. I'm going to attempt to do a little of that in this post. If it fails, I'll go back to my old ways...

First of all, I have no idea if anyone is even out there. That's not why I blog, though. I blog because I love looking at my projects and the sense of accomplishment I feel when I realize I can get things done and have a life separate from mommyhood. That's so important for me now when so many days feel like a song stuck on repeat. It's my favorite song, but it gets old nonetheless.

Lately, my inspiration has been coming from other traditional/modern quilt bloggers. Basically, I love seeing modern fabrics used in traditional designs. For some reason the really-out-there-modern quilts don't do anything for me. Right now, I'm loving the fresh style of Rita from Red Pepper Quilts. She's probably my favorite. Once upon a time, I had someone leave a comment on this blog and tell me that all my ideas were borrowed and I had nothing original to contribute. Well, duh! This is quilting. Of course everything is reinvented - we're talking squares and triangles here. Needless to say, I deleted the comment, but her still words stung. What is it about the impersonal world of the internet that makes us think we can tear a perfect stranger down? Maybe I should have written her back and made up some story about how my dog just died or I'm a paraplegic or something. She would have felt awful. I'll have to remember that for next time. The point I'm trying to make is that quilting makes me happy and I don't have to do something that's never been done before to get satisfaction from it. I just have to be me.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Flying Geese

Every once in awhile, I get in these moods where all I want to is finish up old projects. A couple years ago, I won a couple yards of Riley Blake fabric at a drawing at Quilt Retreat. When I got home, I started making several flying geese units. I don't even remember what I had in mind for them. I found them again this morning and decided that something needed to happen with them or I was just going to throw them out.

I started putting together these pinwheel-looking blocks. I'm sure there is a technical name for this pattern, but I don't know what it is.

Now, I just need to incorporate them somehow into a quilt!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Nine-Patch Variation Quilt Top

I know it's been almost a month since I've posted anything, but I haven't been sitting idly. I have been finishing the biggest quilt top I've ever made.

This quilt is going to be my sister-in-law's new bedspread for her king-sized bed.

She bought all the fabric and told me to turn it into whatever I wanted. I love the bold primary colors and thought something simple and geometric would compliment the traditional prints. I was inspired by a pattern in a McCall's magazine called "Two Simple." It was actually supposed to be for just two different fabrics - red and white. I decided to keep red a main color, but throw all the other colors in to replace the large white blocks. I also made the blocks a few inches larger than what the pattern directed.

{Credit} Pattern: Inspired by "Two Simple" by Janice Davis, from McCall's Fast Quilts. Fabric: Assorted. Finished size: 99" by 110".