Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Quilt show

On Friday night, the museum in town had a quilt show. I have always, since I was young, dreamed of having my very own gorgeous handmade quilt, but I've never known a quilter, nor have I ever felt the urge to fork out a few hundred dollars on a blanket, so still to this day, I am quiltless.

The blue and white quilt in the background was made in 1894!

So, when I heard the quilters guild was putting on a show, I knew I had to go. I wanted to see what quilting was all about and I wanted to hear stories of how these gorgeous patchwork blankets were made. And, while I was wandering around the room, I met a member of the quilters guild who was kind enough to spend an hour explaining how each quilt was made. You see, I had no idea what it meant for a quilt to be machine pieced and machine quilted — I had to ask. And, after I did, I ended up learning so much.

And, now I'm inspired to give quilting a try!! So, at the beginning of next month I'm going to my first guild meeting to meet some of the ladies. I'm hoping that one of them will be kind enough to walk me through the process.

Have you ever made a quilt? Do you have any tips or resources that might help me as I embark on my quilting journey?


  1. I've always wanted to try quilting. Will and I were luckily enough to get a couple quilts from family for our wedding. They are just so wonderful I have been so inspired by them. Hopefully once we are done with the documentary and back at our mountain home I can start one up.

    You must keep me up to date on your quilting journey!

  2. I love quilts! I've actually never done it but one of my best friends is an avid quilter. Her and her mom make it a hobby they do together. It's really cool actually.

  3. Yes! Lets be quilting buds! i started one my hand a while ago, but after finishing the patchwork part, dreaded the thought of finishing the whole thing by hand. but (as of today!!) I have a sewing machine so i'm going to finish the whole thing.

    I'm going to finish mine this week hopefully (its only a baby one mind) and start on a design i've been in love with for a while.

    My tips would be, getting a rotart cutter, so so helpful. Annnd, you can get cute, old quilter books on ebay for inspiration.

    good luck!!


  4. Oh beauty-full! I love me a good 'scrappy' quilt.. since that's more my style. My friend is one of those meticulous OCD type of quilters who's just finishing a gorgeous one she's had in the works for 6 years!! oy!
    Anywho, eager to see where this takes you.. you should cut up a bunch of old shirt from Ian or something.. lol.

    Oh, and this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNIiPBsnftI
    Let's get a bunch of gals together and make like lil ol' biddies stitching!
    needle and nest design

  5. Good luck to you! Between this and Project Life, you're sure to be a busy bee!

    My taste would lean more toward a "scrappy" quilt, like Mel. It's not that I don't like clean lines and designs, my brain just doesn't work that way!

    I'll have to ask my quilting friend - who just started as well - what resources she's been using for help.

  6. a few years back i actually made a few quits - a baby quilt when my best friend's son was born (it was awesome and i used halloween fabrics with little bats and ghosts!), then i made two queen sized quilts one for my parents and one for my sister..

    my mom shoved hers away in a cedar closet and yeah..my sister..i went to her house and she had it on the floor as a blanket for her dog and it was all ripped up! hers cost me almost $200 to make just in fabric alone..so yup..last time i made anyone quilts..

    good luck on your quilting adventure- it is a lot of fun. just if you make them as gifts - give them to people that will actually appreciate them!


  7. I love quilts too! Making my first quilt was quite an adventure - it's all wonky and weird, and really simple too, but I love it. I'm sure you'll fall in love with making quilts, it's so satisfying and also true that every one tells a story.

    If you're using a sewing machine (and this is my tip!) it's really important to cut out the pieces as accurately as possible so they all fit together well. I'm still working on this one...

    Here are a couple of mine:
    Quick baby quilt
    First ever quilt

    1. Oh yes, and revisiting that baby quilt post, I see that you'll recognise some of the fabric I used ;)

  8. I feel very lucky now. I actually have three handmade quilts, all of which are very special and a fourth one nearly done. My mum is a quilter and she made all us kids quilts for milestones in our lives and I am under one right now. This one was for my 18th birthday and is themed on native american patterns with a 'feathered star' in the centre. We're having one with japanese fabrics and fan shapes as a wedding quilt.

    It is really cool to hear someone else liking them. I got dragged along to quilt shows when I was a kid but now I actually like them. I do really like modern quilts actually. There's some interesting stuff out there.

    I wish I had tips to offer you, but although I have watched my mum at work loads of times I know the process but not enough to start someone off. I do know that it is a great way to use old fabric scraps and bits of dresses or tshirts that were meaningful. Oh and you can buy fat quarters in loads of shops which are quite cheap but great patchwork quilt material.

  9. I made a cheaters quilt this year, where I quilted the squares first then joined them and left the raw edges to fray. There's pics on my blog. But I am planning another, traditional one soon!

  10. I made a small lap quilt for my high school graduation project, and it was a very difficult introduction to sewing! I definitely prefer sewing clothes--I think it's a bit more forgiving than quilting. But quilting can definitely be a ton of fun, and I bet you'll have a blast learning! Have fun at the guild meeting!