The Blogger's Quilt Festival at Amy's Creative Side starts today and goes through November 5th. This is the second time I've participated and I think it's a great way to get to know other quilting bloggers. Each blogger is supposed to post about a quilt they've made and talk about its story.
The quilt I've decided to feature is one I made in May of 2008 when I was still getting my quilting feet wet. It was a gift for my friend, Kim, who was graduating from business school after a long two years of a lot of hard work. It was my first venture into free-motion quilting with a meandering stitch which turned me into a free-motion junkie for at least a year. I have since added more techniques to my repertoire but I always have fun going back to the old standby.
Here's a look at the quilt with all the fun free-motion wrinkly texture.
At this point, I was still struggling to figuring out how to best photograph quilts,
so please excuse the pictures. Photographing quilts is tricky business!
I also had a fear of making my own binding at this point in my quilting career. Looking back at it, it was a funny thing to be afraid of since cutting binding is one of the easiest parts of making a quilt. I felt like I was already riding a large learning curve with all this "quilting" and "sewing" stuff, and adding binding to that was making my brain explode. So I took what I thought was the easy way out and bought double fold bias tape to use for the binding. I do regret doing that as I know it isn't as durable as a well made binding, but I can look back at and see how far I've come since that time of binding scariness.
At about 65 x 65, this quilt was the widest I had ever made at the time. So I learned the true meaning of what it takes to shove a quilt through a machine. I bought some quilting gloves to give me that added finger stickiness and spent my evenings using a lot of elbow grease to get that thing to go through my machine.
I can truly say I learned a ton while working on this quilt, from how nice it is to work with large pieces, to how important it is to baste your quilt very well before starting to quilt it. It was also very fun to know that I was making it as a surprise for my friend and she really loved it when I gave it to her.
To read more stories and see more fun quilts, head over to Amy's Creative Side!