Saturday, February 4, 2012

So, I made a quilt.

I love my fortnightly craft get togethers for many reasons. One is that while there is considerable overlap in our interests, everyone has a different speciality. Michelle is our resident quilt nut. And she made us all do a mystery quilt along. Most of us had never made a quilt before. I am the only one who has finished, quilted (yay for Michelle's quilting machine - that thing is FUN!) and bound my quilt. I may have mentioned this once or twice. Per evening. But Michelle pointed out that I haven't actually blogged it. How remiss of me to miss a chance to show it off! So here it is, my very first quilt.

Since it was a mystery quilt we didn't know what it was going to look like till it was done. Had I known I'd have planned my layout very carefully. Because that's how I do things. (Ask anyone who knows me.) I love my quilt, but the whole mystery aspect is not for me - I like everything just so. (Hence my blog name, also everything just sew because I sew e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g.) What I did love was doing it as a group - it was enormously fun all together, mostly b****ing at Michelle for making us do it in the first place! And her quilting machine makes me want to get seriously into quilting just so I can get one.

Speaking of the quilting, here's a closer look at some of mine.

Those are supposed to be spirals. And round. I was very good at square spirals as it turned out!My perfectionist streak went out the window the second I began quilting because I knew it would take me years to get it perfect, and also because I want it to look like my first quilt. Yep, nailed the "first ever quilt' look.

I did like my flowers though. (It's easier to see them on the back.)

So there you are Michelle, just for you. Thanks for the help/advice/laughs/use of your quilting machine/admonitions to "think round".


  1. Congratulations! That's an awesome quilt. You're right, that machine quilting must take years of practice to get right, I've had a few goes, and I definitely have to lower my expectations of how it should turn out! I'm enjoying reading your blog :)

  2. hahah! Be careful! It's addictive.... This is a lovely first quilt! (I shudder to think how mine would compare. Fortunately I made it 25 years ago and not only did I not take pictures, I managed to lose it somewhere along the way. Whew! Saved from epic shame.)

  3. Great job. It's beautiful and you deserve to brag.