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.

~Whitney

On February 20, 2012 · 8 Comments · In Sewing
 

8 Responses to My Latest Research Project

  1. Rachael says:

    I took a quilting class two years ago and loved it. I felt so bad for the poor teacher, though, because I had never even used a sewing machine in my life. Quilting is the only thing that actually makes me want to own a sewing machine. The hardest thing for me was getting it all straight. But I was an amateur in every way :)

  2. Sarah says:

    Those quilts are gorgeous!! I’d love to try quilting some time, but honestly I’m kinda scared of the whole process! At first I thought quilting would be so easy, but after reading about it, it’s a lot more complicated than I thought! I can’t wait to see how your quilt turns out! And don’t worry, you’re not alone. Sometimes I can’t fall asleep either because I’m thinking about different craft ideas!

    • Whitney says:

      Yeah, I was overwhelmed for a while too! Sometimes when I think about it I wonder what have I gotten myself into? Ha! But I decided for my first quilt to try to not worry too much … as you’ll be able to tell when I post pictures of all my fabric. My color scheme? It’s all over the place. So I’m just going to go with the flow and see how it works out. :D

  3. Your Mother who adores you says:

    Pink! Pink!! You need more pink!!!

  4. Alexandra says:

    So I in live with the first quilt and second to last one–I hope you’ll share your pattern soon. And I totally agree with your Momma’s comment. More PINK!!!! I can’t wait to watch this process unfold via blog :)

  5. Alexandra says:

    *in love*

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