Friday, October 9, 2009
Bloggers Quilt Festival
I think this is my favorite quilt--simple but I love the way it looks. I took a class from Ricky Tims sometime before 2003 and bought 4 different yard cuts of his multi-colored fabric. It's been around since then, waiting to be made. Sometime after that I bought a template for a drunkards path quilt, and sometime after that I bought the curve master foot. I have a friend at work who also quilts, and we decided to have a quilt retreat--just the two of us.
These purchases all came together to make this quilt. I was a garment sewer before I became a quilter, so the curved piecing didn't freak me out. We sat, and sewed and chatted, and by the end of the weekend I had all the curved pieced blocks done. I decided used one yard of the Ricky Tims fabric, and needed to add the second yard for the border blocks. I almost never make pieced borders, but this quilt seemed to call for them. I used Eleanor Burns' method for making the flying geese. I got 4 each time, and they're trimmed to size, so were exactly right. I tend to play around with Paint (the software program) to see if my ideas will look like I hope, and when I showed my friend the idea of the flying geese, she didn't like it much. I decided to go ahead, and when I showed her the completed top, she said I was right, it added just the right touch.
In all the years I've been quilting, I've never made a quilt just for my husband, so when it was up on my design wall, I looked at it and asked him what he thought. He liked it lots, so I gave it to him.
The quilting is pretty amazing as well. I am working with another friend on setting up a web site for her, and she is quilting some tops for me. This is one I didn't want to do myself, so searched to find an angular pattern to use on the top. I also took a while to pick out the thread, and ended up with a multi-colored bright. All together I think the top is delicious, and a group effort that I had so much fun doing.