Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Back to the past

During January I took all of you through the start of my quilting.  That covered 2008 and 2009.  Overall I was quite happy with my progress.  I went from very little sewing experience, I believe I sewed some placements in 2nd grade, to feeling pretty comfortable with the sewing machine.

2010 started with quite a few changes around the house.  In February my sewing room turned into a storage room and then into a guest bedroom.  Quilting slowed down from quite a hurried pace toward the end of 2009 to barely any.  November 2009 I signed up for a couple of guild workshops. March 2010 was the first.  It was Topsy Turvy Nine Patch by Judy Laquidara.  I had fun picking out the fabrics for this one.  It had been awhile since I had been to Quilt Quarters and had fun going through  the batiks.  I really saw the "curves" as water so I wanted some sorta blue color.  For the nine patches I thought a gold/orange would be great.  It didn't take too long to pick out some great ones.

Before class we had some work to do including getting the nine patches all done.  This was crazy for me I was still not great at sewing quickly so I got to work.  The workshop was on Saturday so I went to Friday Night Finishers and sewed as quick as I could.  By the end of Friday night I had them all done and was feeling great.

Saturday morning I headed out for the workshop.  I had been to workshops here twice before so I knew exactly which room I thought I needed to go.  Get to that room, the one the website said to go to, and it is black and no tables set up.  Okay I knew I was a little bit early but really this made no sense.  I start asking around if anyone know where the quilt guild workshop is being held and no one knows anything about it.  I run into another lady looking for the workshop as well.  It was about 20 minutes before one lady at the church thinks maybe they are on the other side of the building.  That is it we are both about 5 minutes late.  I hate showing up to really anything late but esp. workshops.  The class is just starting so I didn't miss too much.  It doesn't take long to find out not only should we have made all the nine patches but also cut all the other fabric.  So not only was I late but I also didn't do all my homework.  This was an awful start.  While others being sewing I start cutting then as quick as I could I got to sewing.  It didn't take too long for me to settle back in.  Judy was great and didn't seem too bothered with me.  She showed us the good and the "bad" in her award winning quilts.  She was nice and really after this workshop is when I started thinking about starting a blog myself.

That is the top, it still needs a border.  I hope really soon to decide on the border or maybe just not put a border on.  I really love the way it moves from light to dark even though I only used 5 or 6 fabrics.  I really like how the orange pops against the blue and I think the "curves" really turned out nice.  The lay out was helped by really everyone at Friday night finishers but especially T. and J.  with J. coming in and moving a few pieces around and really letting the transition from light to dark really work.

These are fabrics  I have picked out for the back.  They are Robert Kauffman the gallery basics collection.
Overall this is another quilt I really love.  And, was my first quilt with half square triangles and well other triangles!  Still learning lots of course.

Happy Quilting 

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