Wednesday, 24 February 2010

My Creative Space

I may have totally lost control over the studio lately, but at least the quilt is progressing, though not as readily as I would have hoped.

My blocks are all done now and for some reason I've been avoiding them for the last week, always putting off the crucial step of assembling them together to another day. They are an intimidating bunch...

Meanwhile, I've been pursuing lighter projects, like the little green container in the picture. It is actually an empty can of cashews that I saved just before it jumped in the recycling bin. Though it is made of cardboard, it is sturdy enough to hold small items, and a piece of scrapbook paper glued around was all it needed to be given a bright second life.

Sunday, 7 February 2010

Ready, Set, Quilt!

About a year ago I got a revelation, while reading some gorgeous quilting blogs. I got it in my little head that I, too, was going to make a quilt. A wise voice (don't know where that came from) was telling me that it was a silly notion and that I should wait until I had more sewing experience, and so I put it off for the time being.

Las December, on Sew, Mama, Sew's Giveaway Day, I was very lucky and won this, thanks to Leisel. Amazing, isn't it? I was very excited because this it one of my favorite collections and I already had a few of these fabrics, but did not know what to make of them to really show them off.

I am sure you can see where I am going. It only took the right quilt pattern to get me started. So now it looks like I really am going to make a quilt, even though the wise voice (still don't know where it comes from) keeps telling me how crazy I am.

I got all my squares cut in the last week and have been playing with them, trying different layouts. I still have about a zillion pieces to cut for the borders, but at least I've got a start.

I am pretty confident about the cutting and piecing and binding parts. What scares me is the actual quilting, on which I don't have much information.

Luckily, I came across this book at Winners for just 15$. It is actually the French translation to this one. It may not be the greatest sewing book, but I found in it a few answers and now feel a little less scared about the whole thing.

The rest, I guess, I will learn as I go.

Wish me luck!