Quilting Goals for 2013

Instead of setting a number of quilts I want to make for 2013, I’m focusing on techniques and areas I want to improve on. I started quilting about 3 or 4 years ago, and I think I’ve got the basics of piecing and machine quilting down, but I have a lot of room to grow.

Here is a short list of what I’m going to work on this year:

  • Fabric selection: I want to understand more about color and prints, and be able to grab different fabrics and make them work well together. I’ve already started to do this by focusing on monochromatic prints and sticking to a limited color palette.
  • Going beyond regular machine quilting: I can quilt using the stippling/freehand method, but I want to explore different quilting patterns, like flowers, zigzags, and other designs.
  • Understand my machine: When something goes wrong in my sewing, I want to be able to really know what’s going on and how to fix it. I often have problems with my bobbin thread tangling and tension issues.
  • Design my own patterns: I have designed simple quilts in the past, but usually I find cute patterns on Pinterest. This year, I want to design a more complicated quilt pattern.

It’s a short list, but I think I will have fun working on these goals. What are your quilting or crafting goals this year?

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Quilting Updates

The inspiration for my most recent completed quilt came from this quilt I saw on Pinterest.

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The original pattern

I used a different color scheme and this is how it turned out. I love the intricate maze the half square triangles create.

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My version

A big thanks to my dad for standing out in the snow while I tried to get the perfect shot.

The other big quilt I’m working on comes from the Purl Bee. I’m mainly using fabric that my boyfriend’s grandmother got me for Christmas. I just love how the prints look in contrast with the white solid.

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I’m slowly making these Christmas trees. I’m adjusting the pattern to make a lap-size quilt. At this rate I will be done with the quilt by next Christmas, which is fine by me.

Well, classes start tomorrow, so I’m going to be a little busier. No more quilting all day, but I’ll try to squeeze an hour in here and there.

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New Year

One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to start a blog and commit to it. It will mainly function as a crafty blog, concerning quilting, knitting, crocheting, and spinning, but I’m allowing myself the freedom to talk about whatever I want.

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I went to the local quilting shop for the first time yesterday and came home with these four beautiful prints. I want to start using more high-quality fabrics, because I like the prints better and they will hold up better in quilts. All together these four half-yards were less than $20! I also found 7 more prints to coordinate on fabric.com and I ordered 7 yards for $35 with free shipping. I’m very excited about making this quilt. This is the pattern I’m using, broken herringbone. I think it will be a good challenge, but not too difficult.

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This quilt will have to wait, though. I’m working on two charity quilts, and one christmas quilt (I know, it’s a little late). I will take more pictures of current projects and update later.

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