Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Hi, my name is Kati, and I'm a fabric addict.

Every once in a while I stand in front of all my fabric and just consider what in the world I will actually do with all of it. I know I don't have nearly as much as some people, but I certainly have my fair share. Plus, I'm always contemplating new purchases. When it comes down to it, I am really bad at actually picking out fabric. Instead, I always take the safe route and just buy lots of fabric from a line. While I definitely want to use what I have and actually have plans for a lot of it, my new goal is to branch out and learn how to pick fabric that coordinates, but wasn't necessarily made to go together. Quilts made like this look so much more interesting.

I admit that when it comes to quilting, I think I am slowing down (Ryan will be glad to hear this). I'm not talking about quitting here, but I think I'll stop the craziness of finishing two quilts a month. I was realizing the other day how crazy my quilting spree has been--and it only started in October. Here is my current quilt breakdown from just those I have made in the past 6 months:
  • I have three quilts in my bedroom.
  • There are three quilts downstairs just folded on the extra bed.
  • David's is in his closet because it's still to big for him to sleep with.
  • I have given three away.
  • I have a lap quilt in my sewing area when I get cold.
  • I currently have three in progress, plus many more in my brain and a long list of techniques I want to try.
This is the craziness that has taken over all my free time in the past six months. I still love it, but I think I'm losing a bit of momentum (which is probably a positive thing). I really need to diversify my free time usage. That doesn't mean I'm not always considering new projects though. Here is what I have in the works:

This is my #1 work in progress. I'm still debating on exactly how I'll arrange these triangles, but I'm loving them.

This might look familiar, only bigger than the last post. I'm slowly working on it. I admit I really don't particularly enjoy sewing the blocks, but I love how it's coming together. I still have about 50 blocks to go.... that might get cut back, but I was planning to make this quilt quite large. I love the impact.

I have never bought panels before. I'm just not a huge fan, but I saw this fabric and fell in love. I'm still working on the design, but I'm planning to make a quilt for the kiddos with it.

One of those stacks with an unknown future. I just loved the car fabric and the colors. Maybe a quilt for David's room when I decided that he is just too big for "Twinkle, twinkle little star."

Another line that I adored for months before buying. I'm planning to make a full-size quilt with wonky stars with this one.

An impulse buy that I still really love, just no plans at the moment.

Two potential designs on this one, but I'm having commitment issues. I love this fabric so much I'm afraid to cut it.

This will hopefully turn into skirts and shirts for Claire and Avery someday.

I'm planning to make a traditional sampler quilt with this stack from blocks featured on Modify Tradition.

This stack just keeps growing. I bought quite a bit when it came out early this year, but now my two favorite fabric shops have it on their $3 clearance racks. I have a hard time resisting great fabric at $3 a yard, but I really have lots of red and pink at this point. I need to start cutting. I do have one baby quilt planned, but I think I will still have lots leftover.

I want to learn how to make Cathedral Windows and thought this fabric would be really fun to use. I plan to make a small wall hanging with these for my sewing area.

This is my first stack of "let's throw it all together and see how it works out." This is for another wall hanging with a new technique I want to try out.

So, I may be slowing down a bit, but I think the quilting obsession is here to stay.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Black & White Quilt

I finally got to show this quilt off at quilt guild the other night so I'm now getting around to posting some pictures. I made many of the blocks by improv piecing--no real patterns to follow. I wish I could remember where I got my inspiration from on many of these blocks, but can't remember them all. It was a super fun quilt to make. I was able to experiment and try lots of new techniques.

My favorite blocks:

Tutorial for the heart block is from Tallgrass Prairie Studio:

This block was much harder than I thought it was going to be. It took me a full night just to do this one. It was made up entirely of small leftover scraps from the other blocks.

Love this one. I will definitely do pieced circles again. I found some great tips on sewing circles on Tallgrass Prairie Studio.

I got my idea for this block from somewhere, but I can't seem to remember or find it. I'll post it later if I find it again.

This is a 9-patch block that I sliced up, rotated and re-sewed about 4 different times.

From the tutorials section of Tallgrass Prairie Studio (obviously one of my favorite modern quilters):

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Verna Whirly-Gig Quilt

I have been working on this quilt for the past few weeks and love it. I love the fabric and the design turned out so fun. It was a great change from my black and white quilt I was working on before. I decided to try taking pictures of it outside today. It proved a bit challenging to keep the quilt off the gross, wet ground, but it's so much more fun to take the pictures outside. The colors from the outside pictures are much truer than the inside picture.

I recently bought a new sewing machine more specifically for quilting. This was my first quilt I quilted on my new machine, and I love it. It's so much easier and bigger than my old machine. I finished the quilting on this faster, and I think I did a better job on it than any previous quilts.

I used the tutorial on Strandz to put this quilt together.

I copied the quilt back from Film in the Fridge, my absolute favorite quilt blog.

First of all, one full view picture inside.

I'm trying to take a break from sewing for a few days to get our lives back in order around here. After dealing with sickies for a month, I feel like our house is a wreck and I'm behind of lots of little things. That doesn't mean I'm not thinking about quilting through. I'm devising a plan to use that super fun umbrella fabric from my last post. I also have several other ideas I'm working out in my head. I have a new round of quilting books pouring in from the library as well to give me new ideas. This is getting a bit out of hand.