So apparently I’m not a very good blogger…it’s been over two months since my last post! Terrible. My excuse is that I’m working full time now, which you know is a good thing but that means less time for ‘important’ things like quilting…and blogging.
That doesn’t mean I haven’t done ANY quilting. Back in April I made a baby quilt for a dear friend of mine with super cute forest fabric that I was dying to buy. I love how it turned out and the maple leaf panto I used to quilt it just fit the overall theme perfectly.
I recently (like last night) finished another baby quilt for another dear friend. I was hoping to have this time for when the baby was born but surprise! Baby couldn’t wait to meet the world and came early. This was the first time I’ve done free motion meandering…and it turned out pretty great! Even when meandering on paper, I always trap myself in a corner or something so I wasn’t all that confident when I started. Near the end of the first row, I was getting the hang of it and finished this in no time. Now I have to decide if I should give it right away or wait until Thursday so I can show it off at the Kanata Guild meeting. What should I do??
Let me take you back to July 2016. That was the month I decided that I was to be a quilter. Ok, so that decision was easy – after numerous years of watching Momma Bear create beautiful works of art, I thought I would give it a go…I definitely have the best ever mentor/instructor/inspiration right at my fingertips. Now I have to decide on a pattern…and fabric. Oh the fabric! This will always be my downfall as a quilter. There are just TOO many fabrics available!
There’s a pattern by Missouri Star Quilt Co. called Tag Team that I saw in one of the BLOCK magazines. I loved the look but hated the borders. (Side note: I’m not a huge fan of borders. I know sometimes they are necessary but if I can make a quilt without one, I will.) This was going to be my first quilt…sans borders. So off to Photoshop I went to create my pattern.
I enjoy working in Photoshop because I can see what the pattern will look like with my colour choices and have the ability to change whatever I want to. I knew that I was going to use Kona Solids and originally I was going to do a gradient from aqua blue to deep purple…then blue to green…then pink to purple…then light blue to dark blue. I liked the colours but I didn’t love them. Then I tried blue to grey. Winner winner! Loved it! Couldn’t wait to start it! Continue reading