Quilts - Crafts
I've always wanted to learn how to quilt. A few years ago, I decided I was going to finally learn, so I found a quilt block pattern online and began hand piecing the quilt blocks. I think I completed 10 or so of them by hand. At that point in time I was afraid of sewing machines (I tried to learn how to use my mom's, but I always seemed to mess up or break something, so I gave up). Eventually I got the opportunity to buy a nice old Singer sewing machine and I finally learned how to use a sewing machine! It was amazing how fast those blocks went together with a machine! This is my machine - it was built in 1938!
I got my blocks all done and put my very first quilt top together. I used the Double Friendship Star pattern for the blocks and the rest I just made up. It still needs one more border around it before I can get it all ready to quilt it. This one is one I intend to keep. When it is done, I hope to put it on our bed. One of these days I hope to finish it. It keeps getting put off while I work on other projects.
Here's a close-up of some of the hand quilting. You can also see that I really wasn't sure how to do the quilt binding. I have since learned how to do this properly!
In October I completed this quilt for my nephew. I used a 9 patch quilt block alternated with a large square of cute farm scene fabric. This quilt took me about a month and a half to complete. Like the others it is hand quilted. I also appliqued his name and some animals on it. The quilting is the most creative I've done so far - it has letter Ls quilted in the large squares and barns and fences quilted around the outside. My sister and her fiance were thrilled and had a lot of fun discovering all the little details.