Lately I’ve had quilting on the brain. It’s been pretty intense. Yes, I just used quilting and intense in the same sentence. We’re hard core at the Gothra house. Ha!
After I finished all my Christmas crafts, I kind of hit a slump. I got half of a cuff done on a pair of mittens for myself and then just decided to spend my time reading blogs written by women who actually finished their mittens. And socks. And skirts and furniture re-dos and room makeovers and all that jazz. I was soaking in projects done by everyone else but me and felt totally uninspired.
But then … I found quilts. Lovely, beautiful, colorful quilts that begged me to make them.
A gorgeous wonky star quilt found at Fresh Lemons. Except I hate that word, so this will now be called a crazy star quilt.
And I love the modern simplicity of this plus quilt from Cluck Cluck Sew.
This quilt pattern is called the drunkard’s path. What’s with these crazy names? I love the use of shapes and shades in this one, found at Knotty Bits.
Oh me oh my. This is one of the first quilt tutorials that made me want to try quilting. It’s the granny square quilt block by Blue Elephant Stitches.
And last but not least is this firecracker quilt by Monkey Do. I love the shapes and colors in this one! And the quilting really makes it pop.
Have any of you tried quilting? Or are quilting pros? I’m really excited to get started! I’ve already bought some fabric thanks to a Joann’s gift card, and I’m 90% sure I’m settled on a pattern. There are just so many options! I’ve spent at least the past two weeks making daily Pinterest stops to research quilts. I’m pretty sure Pinterest is a legit site to do research. And one night? I couldn’t go to bed until 4 because I couldn’t.stop.thinking.about.quilts. My brain was spinning with patterns and fabrics and quilting lines and fat quarters.
So, do any of you have any tips, tricks, or suggestions for a beginning quilter? Or has anyone thought about trying quilting? I’m not going to lie, these quilts kind of make me want to have an old fashioned quilting bee with tea and cucumber sandwiches.