Posts in the Quilting Works in Progress category

Thanks

for all of your nice comments about my last post.  I’m feeling much better about it all.  I think that I just needed to get it off my chest and now I’m going to not to let it get to me.  I think that Jacquie put it best… I’m going to try to “blog without obligation.” 

Plus I had a nice full day of sewing yesterday! I made major progress on the hexagons.  It’s been so long since I’ve made a queen sized quilt that I’d forgotten how much longer it takes to get a big top finished up.

You know what I need?  A much bigger design wall.  But not having one has forced sorting out some organization systems or else I loose track of all the hexagons!

Organized hexes

Just have to sew the columns together and add a white border to either side, trim the top & bottom and it will be done!   It’s nice and big.  It will be 91″ x 93″ once I add the borders.

Big Hexes

Maybe it’s time to start pulling fabrics for the next quilt…

Thanks so much for your comments on my last post about the Long Beach Quilt Festival!  Modern quilting’s place in the overall quilting world (industry, really…) is an interesting conversation.

From all of the comments, I have deduced the following:

We all shop almost exclusively online so therefore when fabric we like is in quilting shops, it doesn’t sell.  As a result, the shops decide not to carry it the next time around.  This leads to a vicious cycle and it keeps us online and isolated from the quilting world at large.

So, I’ve decide that any time I’m in a quilting shop I’m going to make a point of spending my money there.  Unfortunately  I don’t get to them often as I live in L.A., 10 minutes from a huge fabric (but not quilting) store that carries a lot of what I like.  I know that my few dollars here and there won’t make a difference, but I’m going to do it on principle.  Also, I’m going to consider submitting my quilts to shows & festivals.   I can’t complain about not being represented if I haven’t tried to be that representation myself, right?

Maybe if we all do this, it will make a difference over time?

Oh and the best thing about the festival?  I met JamieJulie, and Beth!   Oh, and I tried out a long arm for the first time… my sister had to hold me up I was so weak at the knees… I seriously covet a machine with a frame.

In quilting news, I’ve decided that the big hexagons are going to be a queen sized quilt.  So I’ve been cutting!

Cutting Hexagons

A couple of you asked how big they are… I made myself a 9″ template!  It’s going to sew up quickly once I find a minute to tackle it.

Guess what’s happening on Friday? A giveaway! It’s gonna be my one year blog-o-versary!

More Hexagons!

But this time they are gonna be biiiig!

More hexagons!

So much faster this way.  I’m certain to be sewing these together this weekend. Oh and is anyone going to the Long Beach Quilt festival?  I might – depending on if I can pull myself away from the sewing machine….

Just finished it up!

Red & Aqua Quilt top

Clearly my obsession with exploration of wonky log cabins & white space continues!

Red & Aqua Quilt top - close up

I never tire of this color combo.

Just a glimpse!

First off, thanks so much for all of your comments and kindness about my Hexagon quilt top!! Makes me so happy to hear that others like what I’m up to!

My mom’s been in town and it’s not very sociable to sit in front of your sewing machine all day, is it? As a result I’ve only worked on it a bit more and am about half way through quilting it.

Hex Quilting

At first I wasn’t sure if I was improving or ruining my quilt top – but when you take a step back and look at the big picture, this “pebble” quilting is great.  Hope to have more to show you in a couple of days!