Thursday, February 11, 2010
lemonade, a long time in the making
Finally, I am a Fresh Modern Quilter.
A year or more since I figured out that there was such a thing as modern quilting, and a lot of planning, researching, thinking, and new-sewing-maching-buying (thanks, Mom & Dad!) later, I have finally finished my first quilt: Making Lemonade. Aptly named for its colors, but also because the layout for the top evolved from a cutting mistake--forgotten now, because I just love it so much.
I remember reading on one blog or another (maybe here?) about how wonderful the moment of pulling a first quilt out of the dryer would be, and it really, really was. Certainly a highlight of my crafting career; maybe one of the top ten moments of my life. Anyone who's a crafter probably doesn't think I'm crazy for saying so, and anyone who does should definitely take up quilting. I really liked knitting when I first learned, and still do, but the combination of thinking, planning, rearranging, designing, actual making, and the handwork at the end makes quilting just the perfect craft. I'm completely hooked.
The top is pieced from Ginger Blossoms by Sandi Henderson, with a liberal amount of Yellow Tiled Primrose from Heather Bailey's Bijoux line (which I didn't love until it was quilted and now I wish I could buy more) and Kona muslin. The backing is random scraps with more of the muslin, and I stippled it novice-style and pieced the binding like crazy. It measures about 49" by 36"--hopefully a good size for a baby quilt.
No matter that I'm giving it away...I've already bought fabric for the next one, which I'll be keeping right here at home.