Saturday, May 14, 2011

And the shot cottons

Did I say they are really really thin? I did.
And the shift a lot. And pull. And are a pain to quilt.


Are they worthy? Sorry, not for me.

I bought about 5 colours. Yes, there's an awsome purple ( I like purple) and a great orange, but the rest... Let's just say I wouldn't buy them anymore. Not even the ones I liked.

I remember I once saw a quilt made by Rita at RPQ, with small squares, very colourful and with lots of purple shot cottons. This women in terrific! I had the most horrible time working with these fabrics and I'm sure my squares weren't as small as hers.


And don't get me started on the grey ones. Have you ever seen a homeless with incredibly dirty clothes? The ones that used to be black in anotherlife? That's my gray shot cotton.

Now, I'm sure that there are people that love these colors. And textures. Actually I read a lot of great things about them before purchasing. We are all different and it's perfectly fine. But for my few readers that have similar tastes... I won't do it again :) Ah, maybe for a really thin hot summer blouse, 10 years from now... :)


And what an amazing choice for the back! The stripes I said I won't use. Even the pictures are all wrong.

The fabrics reallt go very well toghether. And the quilt is really nice, I like it a lot.
But the amount of work? So not worthy :(

Sunday, May 8, 2011

What exactly was I thinking?

I received a bunch of shot cottons. First thought was:

Wow, these are really thin.
I should never use these in a quilt. Maybe for backing with large pieces but small pieces? Never!

Than I thought about starting a quilt.
I should really go with a lot of white, spring is coming, I love white, it will surely go very well.

I found quite a few fabrics on sale and bought 1-2 yards of each, thinking about backing. When they arrived...
Oh my, these stripes don't go too easy on backing when you make straight line quilting. I must keep them for other projects.

Two days later I was starting a quilt.

Oh, look how many not so white fabrics I have in my stash. I should really use them.
So not! Of course, I hated it and started no.2.

Oh, these orange red, purple and yellow solids look so great, I should make a quilt. Of course the shot cottons are perfect too.
So not too! Small squares? I must have been drunk. I don't really drink though...

Oh, these stripes are a perfect mach for the back of this quilt.
Excuse me?

Ok, so here's the not so white quilt. With larger pieces than I usualy do, wanted to try something else and I think I like it.


Backed with an incredible Amy Butler flannel, I wish I had discovered it earlier. I so need another 2, maybe 3, ok make it 10 yards of this :D


Sunday, May 1, 2011

6 months

[Post full of pictures of old quilts. Just so you know :)]

Checking my card the other days, I discovered that today me and my sewing machine celebrate half an year togheter :). I sewed a lot before, I even had a couple of shy attempts to quilt (on my mom's industrial machines that I hate), but I can say I feel I became a quilter only when I bought Alice. Yeah, I'm lame, I have a name for her.

Anyway, I started looking though my pics and realised that I made a looot of quilts and I still love each and every one.

I started with pastel quilts, only because I had virtualy no stash. Well, I have a room full of fabrics, but none for quilting. And the pastels felt the safest to start with.


I had quite a few very simple quilts with lots of white.


Than more white, but I discovered the heavyer quilting


As you can see, I loove white in quilts but I am glad I tried something else too.


Even if sometimes I just make the same thing in different colours


I really enjoyed making bright red, orange and blue quilts, even though I would never ever wear such colours. Than again, I don't have to wear them, right?

fire quilts

And also strong couloured quilts

strong colours quilts

Somehow I always come back to white :))

And I am glad I tried the pillows too. But even happier I didn't become addicted or something :)))

the pillows

But the quilts I love most are the ones I made that doesn't resemble with anything else I've seen.


And you know what? Looking at all these pictures after quite some time beeing busy with the moving and related stuff, I realised not onlyI love quilting but I also miss it a lot. So yeah, I'll be back. Terminator style :)))