Nice to see you. I'm not very active on the sites. This new computer has me crazy plus there is a lot of drama going on in real life. I need to find a way to cool it down around here and doesn't seem like I am getting much time to play or sew
What is everyone working on? I'm in the process of making a table runner with the Accuquilt but the pattern I'm using has a gazillion little leaves and it is taking me forever to cut them out. I think if I had done them by hand I would be done with the whole thing. Sometimes, the old fashion way of doing things is better. Perhaps I will finish it someday but for now it is in my UFO file. LOL which is everywhere I guess, to be honest.
I love making little quilts because they are quick. I have a tendency to have lots of UFOs and Little Quilts seem to get finished. I usually do Table Toppers, although I have my first one from "Little Quilts" fabric shop in one of my china cabinets as a shelf dressing. The first one I made was a kit from "Connecting Threads" and was a redwork. Darn I don't have a picture of it but will have to get one the next time I go to the Sewing Loft later this morning.
I'm embarrassed to give my etsy address because my shop is so pathetically empty! I sold 33 quilts last year to one lady and that wiped me out! I had a bunch of quilted fabric journals and only have one left; I burned out making those and I sure wish I'd get back in the mood because they sell. I recently sold two autumn table runners, which surprised me because I hadn't sold anything in about a year. I'm in the process of making another table runner and then hopefully a Christmas table topper. Anyway, the address is: http://www.etsy.com/shop/QuilterBridgetsPlace
I had quilted non-stop for hours and hours a week for 5 years. And then I sold all those quilts and it felt like a part of me is gone now. The whole point was to support my hobby, but I certainly didn't expect them to sell all at once. And I only had them listed for a month or so when they sold. I didn't do it (etsy) right at all. I was not going to do anything international and this was international. We agreed on a price for all the quilts and got the estimate on shipping and she wired me the money to my bank account. It was a real hassle and I won't do that again. Anyway, I haven't been in much of a quilting mood since then. I just hope I haven't permanently lost interest because I have a lot of money invested in this hobby. This is the most expensive hobby I've ever had! I keep trying to make things, but I get bored and move on to something else. I never used to do that. My rule was to finish what I started before moving on. I think now I'm just trying different things to see what might put me back in the mood.
I hope you'll post a picture of the mini jelly roll race quilt. I would love to see that and I think it would be something I may be able to do. I just want to find something to piece right now, but instead I'm working on a needlefelted quilt for the AAQI. I usually have my quilt of the month finished by the first day of the month, and this is the first time I haven't had one ready. I think I've been doing it for 7 months now; October will be 8. But I also want to make stuff to sell. I guess I just am not very focused right now; a lot of stressful things are going on around here lately and it's hard to concentrate. Quilting used to be the best thing for me. I'm a real worrier and when I was totally into quilting I didn't worry nearly as much as I do now. I was a lot calmer and always having fun, whereas lately it feels like quilting is a chore. That's why I'm trying several things at once; hoping for that one thing that gives me my excitement back!
That's so neat about the sample books! Have you thought about making a crazy quilt? It's funny that when I started quilting no one would use anything but quilters cotton in their quilts, and lately it's becoming popular to use anything and everything! Silk is kind of hard to work with. It's so slippery. But someone told me to put stabilizer on it first. Have you always been interested in mini quilts? My favorite has always been large lap sized quilts, but lately I find them difficult to work with. It's a struggle quilting large quilts, and that's one of the reasons I started making them for the AAQI. RIght now I have three tops (lap size) that are ready to baste and quilt, but I've been dragging my feet. I guess tastes change as you learn more. Who knows, maybe one of these days I'll get into applique'! I've done a thing or two, but I don't really enjoy it. Same goes for paper piecing.
I have checked every place I can think of in my area for a quilting group of some sort. It's just not popular here at all! I'm actually surprised we have a quilt shop! There used to be a church group that did sewing, but they disbanded years ago. It's hard living in a small town. I've never liked it and I don't think I'll ever get used to it! I was a lone quilter until I found this site back in April. At least I don't feel so lonely now, although having a real life quilting friend would be nice!
Well, I suppose I'll go for now. Hope you're having a nice weekend!
Hi Leslie! Thank you for the compliment on my quilts; I've been trying to make smaller ones because I donate them to the AAQI, but it's really hard for me to do really small piecing, so I have to learn how to make more artsy types of quilts. I can't believe some of the small quilts you've done! It just amazes me that anyone can do minature piecing like that! The yo-yo quilt looks especially hard!!!
What do you do with them? I always preferred making larger lap sized quilts, but for the past year or so I've found that it's more difficult for me to work with larger things; especially when it comes to basting and quilting. I love the machine quilting part, but I prefer making small designs, which don't work all that great on larger quilts. Once I did micro quilting on a lap size quilt and it was sooooo stiff! It looked great, but was totally impractical. Have you ever made a quilt for the Alliance for American Quilters annual contest? Theirs have to be 16"x16". I make two for them every year. It's a fund raiser, but you win prizes too. Then they go on display at many venues throughout the US before being auctioned off to raise the money.
Also, do you sell them? And what do you do for hangers? I absolutely hate making hanging sleeves! I like the hangers they have out now, but I've been selling a few things on Etsy and feel like I need to have some sort of hanger for the wall hangings.
My fabric diet is coming along fine...but I get so tempted when I'm on-line because many of my favorite shops are on-line; I have a few quilt shops in my area, but they don't usually have what I'm looking for. This may sound dumb, but I love to pretend shop! I'll fill up a cart with everything I want, gettting that fix in. Then I just hit delete! I think for me the fun is in the shopping!
I used to buy everything I wanted because I kept hearing how quilters had to have a stash. But I didn't know how much fabric that meant, so I overshopped. Then my husband lost his job and that seriously messed up our finances. All he's been able to find is part-time, so that's another motivation for me to not buy fabric. I could use some batting though! Right now I'm working on a table runner to put in my Etsy shop. I sold a bunch of stuff last year and my shop is practically empty; plus I just sold 2 table runners, so I'm trying to make stuff to sell. I'm kind of in a slump though and it's taking me forever. It's pieced so all need to do is finish it, but I just can't get myself in the mood lately. What are you working on?
I did the quilting and my 90 year old Mother did the hand stitching. She had always enjoyed hand embroidery and I have some of the bigger items she made over the years. My Daughter has some of her table cloths she had made, My Daughter and I do hand stitching but it never looks as nice as her's. She passed away a couple years ago and we treasure her hand work. So thank you for the complement she would have enjoyed hearing it.