It is about time that I get to blogging about some of the quilts I have made over the last 8 or so months!
I took up quilting right around December of 2009. It is something I had been thinking about doing for a LONG time, and I was finally ready. I started by making a small quilt for my dog, Simon, just to get a feel for piecing, basting, and quilting. I call it the “puppy quilt,” and it was a great practice. I then made the spectrum quilt that is hanging in my office at work. That was my first experience with free motion quilting, and I was hooked.
Next, I came up with a crazy plan to make quilts for a friend getting married in May, for both of my sisters who were graduating from grad school and high school in May, and then for my friends and family who were in our wedding in July. Total count: 9 full quilts in about 7 or so months. The learning curve was steep, but I made it through, and now feel pretty confident in my ability to quilt.
I learned by reading books and blogs, and following well-documented tutorials on some of my favorite blogs. I think I’ll dedicate a separate post to these resources soon!
I also plan to blog about all of these quilts separately in the upcoming weeks, with more details on each. In short, I made a mixtape quilt, a filmstrip quilt, a zigzag quilt, a stacked coins quilt, a deconstructed 9-patch quilt, a basic squares quilt, and 3 striped throw quilts.
Even now, just writing about all of them I’m overwhelmed that I was able to finish all of this in the lead-up to the wedding (in addition to all the other planning and crafting). I also am glad that I’m now able to turn to some projects for myself– I got used to having all of those quilts around, and my living room feels pretty empty now!