So that just happened …

I decided to try something new today and it took a while before I was actually satisfied that it was going to look presentable.

On one hand, I typically like the fabrics in my quilts to be coordinated, no clashing of colors or prints, nothing that’s just “close enough” – let’s just say I’m pretty particular.  On the other hand, I don’t like having a scrap stash because it just grows and grows and becomes almost an obligation to deal with so I am always looking for ways to prevent that from happening.  I started out by passing on all my scraps to get them out of my house so I could, without any guilt at all, start with fresh fabric on each new project.  However, as I’ve said in other posts, plans change.

Then I saw an idea for using scraps in a crazy helter-skelter kind of strip-quilt-as-you-go thing and when I went to my scraps I was able to divide them into two piles, one bright and colourful and the other more earthy, so I set out to make two quilts in this very different to me style.  I would seriously never put all these fabrics together in a regular quilt and it took a lot of free spirit (which I am short on) to just sit down and start!  Thankfully, most of my scraps were already strips so I had very little patching to do.

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Notice the polyester batting which I don’t normally use; my mom has some in stock and wants it used up, but I have to admit that my bamboo cotton batting has spoiled me for everything else!  The jury is still out on whether or not I will use up anymore of hers …

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I was a bit skeptical with the first few strips, but once I got going it started to look pretty funky and when I added the curvy quilting lines (which seriously only took about 20 minutes) I was definitely OK with it, so now I have a happy looking quilt AND a great system for using my scraps! (no, the binding is not finished but I really wanted to post this before I sit down and relax for the evening, and hand stitching the binding is my evening fun)

(This quilt has been sold.)

Welcome to my .com quilting world

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Just a short post to introduce you to my new site.  It’s kind of exciting to have my own .com domain, but I’ll admit that a website dedicated to my quilting is a new and slightly intimidating project for me.

I’ve been trying to keep so many different sites and posts straight since selling my quilts that I decided to take the plunge and set this up, so we’ll see how it goes and what it turns into based on how it eventually functions and any feedback I get. Mainly, I want a place to advertise my available quilts and to expand into offering custom quilting services for those who prefer to piece quilt tops together and have someone else take care of the quilting process.  The web site allows me to do both, and also to write a note once in a while about a project I’m working on so that I can share it with you along the way.