Saturday, February 9, 2013

My First Ever Independent Paper Piecing!

Did this without my bossy teacher Emilie looking over my shoulder! And I only had to rip out 2 times! I now feel like a real quilter! I love the precision of this.

WARNING: Philosophical ramblingn anead!

I know that modern quilting is not generally about precision, but I think that it can be. I do love to take the oldies and "modern them up" with modern fabric choices and colors. I don't think we need to throw the baby out with the bath water. Wonkiness is not my thing, but I still consider myself a modern quilter because of my fabric choices and colors I am drawn to. I know my style is very different than that of many ladies who consider themselves traditional quilters. I like the term that Faith from Fresh Lemons Quilts uses: Modern Tradirionalism. I think that is me!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Fabulous Fabric from Daisy Janie!
I just found this fabulous new fabric line from Daisy Janie. It is a organic fabric and this line is called New Leaf. You can see the complete line here:

There is a blog hop of blocks made with this gorgeous fabric here:

Go take a look! The blocks are truly astounding!

Some blocks for our quilts for Cancer group

I started a Flickr group, Quilts for Cancer, and I am a very bad moderator. I am late with my blocks every month! I finally caught up last night - I had to make 3 small Bowtie partials and 2 large. One lady wanted bright prints, the other wanted 30s prints. (the pic with the 30s prints came out really faded, sorry)

I am really in love with these blocks! They go together easily and are fun to make. Of course, mine never come out perfectly. And I am starting to be OK with that, especially after reading this post by Weinerdog Tricks:

She is very funny and embraces her inner mediocrity!

Have a snowy day!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

OK, this is a bit better

My very generous (and bossy) quilting teacher let me come torture her some more today because I had so much trouble with the paper piecing. (I brought a bribe - cheesecake, chocolate cake and chocolate cheesecake from the local bakery. I know how to keep Emilie happy!)

It went much better today! I was a little more used to her circa 1550 machine, and with Emilie's help, I was able to make a block. We may have a snow day Friday (fingers crossed!) and if we do, I am going to spend some time finishing up my sister's quilt and making some more of these blocks!

Pictures of Emilie's ancient sewing machine and the block I made with her help!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

My first attempts at paper piecing. (warning: pics that may frighten children)

So my bossy mentor Emilie showed me how to paper piece. She is a talented quilter who has been sewing since she is 7, and although she is also an excellent teacher, she tells me that everything is "easy." Ha!

The first picture is my first attempt at a NY Beauty star with Emilie there.

The second picture is my attempt at home.

The next pictures are of me, after my attempt at home. Please, keep the children away.

I decided that rather than pull all of my hair out of my head, I would try an easier paper piecing project, so I tried the Blazing Star. Much easier and a better result.