24 April 2009

Oh me, I shiver and I shake

I am cold. ALL the time. I keep blankets in various places in the house to wrap up. Last weekend we had some houseguests and before they came I was running through the house gathering up the blankets and hiding them in the hall closet because they are all old yuck things I have had since college.

It occured to me at this point that what I need is a pretty lap quilt that I can just leave in the living room even when someone stops by and not be embarrassed.

Then I saw a quiltalong on Oh Fransson's blog. The actual quiltalong is over, but she kindly provides awesome instructions for each step, so I am going to do it.

I have made a few quilts in the past, but this is the first one I have really been excited about making. I think because my sewing skill level is now at a point where I think there is a chance of it not being total crap in the end. I am even going to try to do free motion quilting on my machine. Ack! I would have fingers crossed for luck, but it is kinda hard to sew that way!!

I went last night to a local quilt shop and picked out all my fabrics. BTW, the name of the joint is The Artful Quilter and they couldn't have been nicer. The gal that worked there spent a lot of time and effort helping me pick out fabrics, even staying past closing. She said not to worry about it, this was fun for her. I will definitely be going back there. Plus it is about 10 minutes from my house and next door to a fabulous pizza place. :-)

I never thought I would be a quilter, but honestly after several recent sewing disappointments I need a break from sewing clothes. I thought this would be a good way to keep the sewing mojo going until I am ready to jump back in the garment pool.


BeeBee said...

I think I got to quilting via the same route, Brooke. And I find it very Zen, very relaxing to peice this stuff. I'm not wild about the cutting part, but I think it's because I don't really know how to do well so it's stressfull. And there are so many pretty fabrics. I'm thinking of making a wine one soon - with corks and grapes, not color sceme, for our den. And because I can.
Where are the pictures of your new fabrics? And the quilt pattern? EHHH? How can I become obsessively envious without seeing the goal?

Myra said...

I started sewing by quilting first, and still find it refreshing to switch over to piecing when a garment or two goes awry.

gwensews said...

I think that whatever someone is excited about sewing is exactly the thing they should be working on!

Good luck and have fun with it!