I’m Quilting!

It’s been a long time between posts. Let’s just say it’s been a heck of a year.

It was bound to happen eventually. My love of textiles lead me to sewing. Sewing lead me to quilting. I have twin nieces-in-law due in March (who have also been a long time in the making! yay!), so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to learn some new skills by making a couple of quilts for the new arrivals.

Needless to say, my usual Complete and Total Immersion method of learning means I’ve been seriously overdosing on Craftsy classes and absorbing as much as I can. I’ve watched a lot of classes by a lot of talented instructors, but the stand-out winner (in terms of both knowing her stuff and knowing how to teach it - something that is equally important, if not more so, than just knowing what you’re talking about) is Ann Petersen.

I know how to sew, so the piecing aspect of quilting was kind of a no-brainer, but what happens after the quilt top is finished? That’s where Ann’s class on Quilting Big Projects on a Small Machine comes in. It leads you through several different methods of finishing quilt tops, when they’re done or as they’re pieced (with a couple of options in between). All of her classes are thoroughly recommended.

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Which brings me to Winding Ways… It’s a traditional quilt and is covered in Ann’s Playing With Curves class. Did I also mention the quilts are going to be PINK? I finished the first block a week or so back and have since cut out the rest.

I’m thinking the second quilt will be a modern interpretation of a traditional block design, a kind of mish-mash of Flying Geese, New York Beauty, and hyperbolic curves. The wheels in my head are still processing the design for that one, but it looks good so far :)


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