Friday, January 20, 2017

What's in the bag?

So, what do you think is in the bag?  
If I was feeling like my old self I might tease you for a few days (right Saundra).  But instead I'm going to tell you.  I am finally going to try something I have talked about wanted to do for years.......  
I'm going to teach myself to quilt!   I've always loved quilts and I covet the ones I have that were my Grandmothers.  I've always looked at them in awe and never felt like I could do it.  Now here is the really, really bad confession which will show exactly how competitive I am....  I have a friend who is totally NOT crafty but she is making a quilt so I figured if she can hard can it be??  Lol I have spent a couple of lunch hours doing reconnaissance at the local quilt shop and asking a thousand questions.  I've been watching YouTube tutorials and reached out to a quilting genius follower Jacque for advice.  I think I'm ready.  So this project will either be a baby quilt or if the whole project goes to crap - a really expensive placemat.  Haha I'm not sure I'll have time to start tomorrow but maybe Sunday I can try to build my first block.   Sooo excited    Someone else was not quite as excited to see me come home with another bag full of craft supplies.  I'm sure this is what Abby was thinking Nooooooo Mom, not MORE fabric
Yes Abby, your Mom has a problem


  1. You will either love your foray into the quilting world or walk away. There isn't any middle ground. Sort of like hooking. Enjoy the journey and cut yourself some slack. Only God is perfect.

  2. Good luck on your new found passion. I'm excited for you. Quilting is a rather tedious hobby but it's not about getting the quilt done in a hurry but about enjoying the slow process and the beauty of the finished product like knitting and crochet or embroidery.

    Some don't like the hand quilting at 8 stitches to the inch so they use a long arm quilting service to finish up the quilting.
    I hope you like it.

  3. Oh you will be able to do it and have fun. Its nice you are trying something new. New Year, new craft. I think you will have lots of fun.

  4. harhar....yes you are that kind of woman to have us (me) sitting in suspense. Guess you've mellowed in the last year or perhaps this is your new years resolution: 'be kind to Saundra'.

    I believe you are good at anything you attempt and this will be no exception. Looking forward to your progress and possible explictives.

  5. That was always something I wanted to do too. A friend introduced me to this booklet:Quilt in a Day, Rail Fence Quilt For Kids at Heart,by LuAnn Stout as a good one for a newbie and yes! I was able to complete it. The hardest part for me was choosing the fabrics.I don't have a good eye for combining colors and patterns but this book was so very helpful.Good luck to you!

  6. Quilting is one of the things I do just for me. I love hand quilting and yes it takes me over a year for one quilt to be finished. It is not about producing tons of quilts but it is about the process for me. I piece simple quilts mostly nine patch. Quilting takes me back to watching my mother and grandmothers quilt. My stitches are not perfect, corners do not always meet and that is okay. I don't stress out but enjoy. Sometimes I think about what my quilt knows about me. I've stitched loneliness, tears, anger and joy into them. My advice is to just have fun and don't stress out about any of it!

  7. If you ever need a page from the underachiever's guide to quilting, I'm your gal! ;)

  8. You go girl! Do whatever makes you happy.
    Hugs :)

  9. There is something so amazing about cutting fabric into little pieces and then putting them back together to create something beautiful. Keep in mind...even if a seam is not straight and every corner doesn't meet, the quilt will still keep you warm and make you feel loved. Enjoy!