DATE: 11/30/2005 09:54:43 PM
I'm pretty good at everything about quilting except the quilting. Quilting, I stink at.
For those who don't know what the hell I'm talking about, making a quilt happens in (basically) two steps. First comes the piecing. That's the part where you make the quilt face, a.k.a. the purty part, by cutting up pieces of fabric (hence the name) and sewing them back together. Quilting as such is where you stitch together the quilt face, the quilt back, and the batting, which is the puffy stuff in between that makes it warm and cozy. This stitching is often in elaborate patterns. The quilting of a master quilter is a work of art in itself, and can beautifully complement, enhance, and magnify the beauty of the quilt face. My own quilting, on the other hand, is more like vandalism.
This season I determined to work on my quilting ("quilting qua quilting," as I probably said in graduate school) skillz and get a few of these projects finished. "Finish Before Starting" became my motto for the year, scratched boldly in pen over my notes from the August Guild meeting.
Slowly, though, things got moving, and with the help of Yahoo's LaunchCast service, SoundClick.com, archived episodes of This American Life, and of course a season of Oregon Ducks football, the quilting eventually happened. And perhaps it sucks less than it did in the past. Onward and upward.
This picture is actually from before it was quilted. It's a little bit crisper and more defined, now. Unfortunately, it's so big I can't get a current picture of it anywhere in my house.
The bad news is, I've betrayed my mandate, and on Sunday I started something new from scratch. It's for a "challenge," which is where someone -- often a savvy fabric company -- challenges everyone to try to make a great quilt using "a recognizable amount" of a distinctive and usually awkward piece of fabric. In this case it's a "guild challenge," which I may explain in the future if, again, this is more than a one-shot blog. Because it's a guild challenge, I'm not supposed to tell anybody what I'm up to. Not even you, gentle reader. But here's what my workspace looks like. Sorry about the sideways image -- I really need to get some image software on this new computer.
DATE: 12/01/2005 11:07:14 AM
welcome to join the cyber journal generation. i'm sure i'll be enjoying finding out what you are up to. i don't have to talk to you ever, i just need to read your blog (i;m kidding) there are actually lots of good sides of having your own blog. i keep finding out. finding lost friends, people know you better, filling up the free time and so on, and so forth.... keep it up. i'll be a big fan of your blog.
DATE: 12/07/2005 05:09:14 PM
I think my favorite of the finished 2 is the second. I like the pattern/non-patternish of it.
I was intrigued by the third, but it makes more sense that it's a QIP (quilt in progress as grandma used to always say).