Hope you are having a wonderful day! It's Tuesday! Time for a little talking time!
What part of quilting or sewing are you passionate about?
For me, I am passionate about the whole entire process of quilting. From the concept of a project or just the site of a particular fabric I have to have, the passion starts there. If I have a particular project in mind, then I go on the hunt for fabric, if I don't already have what I need. We don't ever have what we need though, do we? LOL That's why we have to buy fabric! :) Sometimes, I see a particular fabric and think "That would be perfect for a purse, quilt, baby quilt, etc." and sometimes I see fabric and just know that it will become something beautiful at some point.
Anyway, I am very particular about every part of putting a quilt together. From cutting, to piecing the quilt top, I just love this process of seeing it come together. I have learned so much in the past few years. Cutting correctly and learning to sew the 1/4" seam straight and correctly are so important to make your project turn out well. I am a bit of a perfectionist on this, so it sometimes take me a while on a project, because I take my time. I make mistakes all the time, but I have learned to live with the small ones and the ones I can't, I redo if possible.
I also take a lot of time to sandwich and baste a quilt, because I learned early on, that puckers can happen easily. Now, I just take time to pin, pin, pin! I pin baste with curved pins. I do not like spray basting, as I think it does not hold well and I think it gunks up your sewing machine. Pin basting does take time, but I love the outcome.
As far as quilting goes, I love quilting. Most all the projects I have done have been lap/throw size or baby quilts. I have never made a queen or king size quilt to date and I am not sure how I would handle doing that on my machine. I have only had two quilts quilted by a long arm quilter and they were special quilts. All others I have done myself. I do a lot of straight line quilting, because I love the clean lines. I am now practicing to do more free motion quilting, but this takes a lot of practice. I do OK with stippling, but I still need to learn the movement and speed better to have better results.
I also love the finishing of the quilt with binding. I love binding! I know some people hate it, but I have learned to do it well and I do it on my machine. I have never done hand binding and do not plan to. I am a modern quilter and that is how I roll! LOL I use a feather stitch, as some called it, to do my binding, because I like to be different. I also use lots of pins in the process of binding, so that I don't have problems with it not staying in place while I am sewing. :)
Here is some my pin basting!
Here is one of the quilts I had quilted by a long arm quilter. I wanted a citrus pattern to go along with the fabric. This is my personal quilt and it lays across the foot of my bed for now and I use it to snuggle with. I love it! You can also see the binding I did.
Here is an example of my free motion quilting. I did this on a t-shirt wall hanging. I am using this project as an example of t-shirt quilts. You can see my binding method here also!
Here is an example of my straight line quilting.
This is a patriotic wall hanging and I did wash it so it would be crinkly.
Here is another example of straight line quilting on the diagonal.
This project is also a wall hanging with my favorite colors of aqua blue, bright pink and lime green.
It is going to hang in my sewing room!
As you can see, I just love the process of quilting from beginning to end!
Tell me what part of quilting you are passionate about. I would love to hear all about it!
"Our passions are the true phoenixes;
when the old one is burnt out, a new one rises from its ashes."
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Have a Happy Tuesday!