Quilts in Common

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Moving on to Paper-Piecing

Paper-piecing opened up a whole new world for me in my quilting. I love the look of sharp points and perfectly matched seams but I never quite have the patience it takes, or the willingness to rip out anything less than perfect. So most of my quilts had an element of fudge factor to them– until I discovered Paper-piecing. Once you attach that fabric to a paper base, you can match everything up perfectly! And, you don’t even need to be that precise with your cutting! Now that sounds like my cup of tea soda. I made all kinds of random blocks trying out different patterns. Finally I decided to actually commit myself to a pattern and make all the blocks it would take to complete a quilt.

Cindi's Block Quilt

Cindi’s quilt is my first completed Paper-pieced quilt.  I originally intended for it to be larger- but it takes a long time to make all those blocks 🙂 It hangs on our stairway now. 

Each star is actually made up of 4 blocks turned in 4 different directions- here is a close-up:

Close-up of Cindi's Block Quilt

 

Cindi’s Block from 40 Bright & Bold Paper-Pieced Blocks by Carol Doak 2002

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March 30, 2009 Posted by | Quilting | Leave a comment

Pine Grove Quilt

After a few quilts, my skills improved and I began to love spending time on my sewing machine and at the quilt shop. I worked diligently on building a stash (maybe a little too diligently).  I never did the same pattern twice- always trying something new- and I made a lot of quilts! I didn’t keep any of the quilts I made either- I gave them away to friends with babies, aunts with chilly bedrooms, or anyone else that I thought might enjoy a quilt.

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Eventually I made this quilt, Pine Grove, probably during my second year of quilting. It was a pretty ambitious project- at 88 X 106 inches- and I wasn’t really making it for any purpose. I followed the pattern almost exactly (which is how I know it was very early on because now I find it difficult to stick to the pattern) and it is the perfect size for a twin bed. I added the prairie points (my only detour off the original pattern) just to try out the technique.

March 30, 2009 Posted by | Quilting | Leave a comment

Welcome to Quilts in Common!

We’re so happy to have you here!

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March 29, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

My first quilt

I made this quilt ages ago– and I do mean ages!! This was my very first try at quilting. I had been sewing for a while, but when we moved to a new city, suddenly I found myself without a fabric store. There was a very nice quilting store, though, and so my quilting passion began. At first the quilting store was incredibly intimidating- all that fabric all lined up on the walls- sorted by color. I didn’t even know where to begin. The first thing I did was buy a book called Fast Quilts. I was 8 months pregnant with my first child and I knew whatever I did, it had to be fast. I decided to make a baby quilt and instead of going back to the quilting store and picking out some wonderful, cute, baby boy fabric, I decided to use what I already had on hand- which wasn’t quilting fabric, and it was pink! I sure have come a long way since then…. now nothing can stop me from buying some new fabric for a new project 🙂 I plunged headlong into the easiest quilt pattern I could find in the book- a modified nine patch. I think I finished it in a couple of days. Quilting was easy and it was addicting! I never did use that pink quilt though- my rough and tumble boy came along a couple of weeks later and I would never think of wrapping him in a pink quilt! I have saved it all these years because I didn’t really know what to do with it, and now it serves to remind me of how far I have come and how far I have to go!

My first quilt

My first quilt

March 29, 2009 Posted by | Quilting | Leave a comment