There must be something in the water…or maybe I’m just at that season in my life where the wedding showers have ended and baby showers are now the reigning social event! That being said, there’s nothing I love more than designing and putting together cute baby quilts. Let’s face it…quilts are very time consuming. BUT if you do small ones, they take significantly less time, and are loved the same! It’s really fun to play around with layout and quilt design when you know the process will be quick and fun and you’ll learn something from the quilt you create. I recently did a quilt for a baby boy with all gray fabric, and really loved the mother-to-be’s registry choices. I could tell that she had very modern taste and would probably be okay with me throwing something together that was a little Libs Elliott inspired.
You can probably tell that I like to dabble in all things quilty. Last summer, I decided that I wanted to conquer English Paper Piecing. What I didn’t realize at the time was that EPP is extremely addictive because you can take it anywhere…it’s easy to do on the couch while watching tv, great for road trips (when you aren’t driving), and can also be done at social gatherings.
When people hear “EPP” or English paper piecing, many probably envision little hexagons, endearingly called “hexies” pieced together with traditional or reproduction fabrics that may end up looking a little dated. I’m not crazy about that look, but I LOVE Willyne Hammerstein’s book Millefiori Quilts. (And now there’s a second book to follow the first.) In the first book, one quilt pattern in particular caught my eye–the “La Passacaglia”. It combines pentagons, triangles, diamonds, and other shapes to create a myriad of rosettes that are breathtaking. I will say there is a slight drawback if you are using the practice of fussy-cutting (positioning your templates on specific motifs on the fabric to create another design), and that is using fabric yardage inefficiently. But you’ll be making scraps for other projects as you go, so really, it’s a win-win!
Here are a couple of pictures of some of my completed rosettes.
Since the last time I posted (I know…it’s been a while!), I have taken up long arm quilting. Somewhere along the line, I had this idea in my head that long arm quilting was “cheating”, and if a quilt was quilted on a long arm, then it wasn’t really “your” work. I could not have been MORE wrong.
The time and skill that go into this type of quilting is ridiculous! I also had no idea that there were multiple types of long arm quilting. I just assumed that all “long arm” quilting was a computer program that you just pressed play, and BOOM! it’s done. Once I realized there was a niche of long arm quilting that I would absolutely adore, I’ve been hooked ever since. (And plus…there’s no more basting with safety pins on your living room floor! You can’t beat that!!!)
The category of quilting that I specialize in is free motion quilting. That means no pantographs, no computer programs…just you and the machine. Your hands and brain putting the thread and needle to work to create something magical that can’t be duplicated.