Well since the obsession has started I haven't been able to stop... and since my friends and I are all busy baby making at the moment - what better excuse to keep quilting than to make us all baby quilts!!! Firstly I have to say that I LOVE making baby quilts. They are so quick and easy, giving me a chance to try different things without committing to too big a project - not to mention getting bored of the project half way through, which I have to admit is one of my downfalls!! Also they are such a well recieved and (hopefully) well used gift.
The first 2 baby quilts shown are still made on my old sewing machine. A machine that my parents gave me for Christmas about 7 years ago and had only ever been used previously for hemming trousers. It probably cost $100 and is pretty much the most basic machine going. NOT that I'm not grateful for the present- thanks mum and dad!! :)
So there is a major difference in quality, (not to mention production speed!!!!!!!) in my quilts after I just about threw my machine out the window and talked my husband into letting me buy a new sewing machine. I think the clincher was when I bought a new foot for my old machine so that I could do free motion quilting and then proceeded in breaking 6 needles over a 24 hour period trying to use it. Not cool!!
My new machine is a Brother IN 1200 sewing and embroidery machine. It's totally love at first sight!! I've had it for a week and have already finished 2 quilts and have another 2 on the go. Sooo deliciously easy and quick to use, not to mention that it makes me look about 100 times better at sewing. I love it!!!
Anyway here are a couple of the quilts I've made... As you can see I've got a bit of a bird fettish at the moment. Loving it.
tutorial by Anita from Bloomin' Workshop that I got some inspiration and try out adding some scrappy birds. Once I finished this quilt I love it.
After finding my previous baby quilt a bit thick using both cotton wadding & fleece for the back I tried using flannel instead of wadding for the middle of this one. Not happy at it's success though. Especially as I just stitched in the ditch around the squares. It does not hang together as well. So back to using wadding for me. - Oh well - you have to expiriment with these things right?
In fact I loved this quilt so much that I was forced - yes arm twisted and everything - to make one for my own baby in pinks....
Only 1 more baby quilt to do for now and then I can make my first adult quilt. What a novelty that will be!!
23 May 2010
22 May 2010
Well - I did it... YAY for me!!! I finally overcame my fear of cutting into the beautiful fabric that I had bought to make Hannah a quilt - not to mention my fear of sewing - and made my first quilt.
Here is my first effort... I have learnt such a lot in the process and can see the many faults, but I still love it. Especially as it's a project finished, and my daughter love love LOVES it. She calls it her "special ABCs blanket" because it has letters on that spell her name. It's nice to know that it is loved and used.
This is a rather rubbish photo I'm afraid. I still haven't taken any good ones since I quilted it. I quilted it stippled it using light pink cotton. Probably rather ambitious for a first try but I'm really happy with it. Since there where so many straight lines in the quilt already I thought that stippling was the way to go and I'm glad I did!
Now on to the next projects....