Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Karma Quilt

My First Quilt is done! Ta Dah! I finished this last week and am mailing it out today. This one isn't a keeper -- at least not for me. It's a "Quilt for Kids" quilt -- and it's my very first finished quilt. When I started this quilting adventure, among all the other "stuff" I bought was a new bernina sewing machine. I thought that the best thing to do would be to make a quilt and give it away. I'm hoping it brings me some good karma and makes a child very happy. The quilt is simple but I like it. I had a lot of fun doing it.

Yes, Luna Does Like Quilts!

I was working on my first "big project" - a sampler quilt. Luna seems to like it. The top is finished and I have to decide if I want to quilt it myself or have it quilted by someone with a long arm machine. I'm thinking I'll quilt it myself.

In case you are wondering who Luna is, she is my practically perfect adorable beyond belief Standard Schnauzer. Luna likes to keep an eye on me while I quilt. She is good company.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Hawaiian Vacation

I went to Kauai two years ago and was introduced to the most amazing quilt store I had ever seen. It is call Kapaia Stitchery. They had the most beautiful quilt there called the Pineapple Sunshine Quilt. I bought a kit and started making it . . . but I haven't finished much of it. I bought lots of material and I love the colors and the fabric and the design. It's just been hard getting something started. I'm not sure why. Anyway, I just got back from another trip to Hawaii. This time I visited the Big Island with my teenage son. They have a few quilting stores there and I went to one in Volcano and one in Hilo. During my time there I thought about where I was in life and what I wanted to do with the rest of it. I'm 50 years old and feeling like I haven't done something I really enjoy doing for the last many years of my life. I wondered what is it I like doing? What am I good at doing? I know I like to sew and I like to make things. So, here I am back to thinking about quilting. I am going to see how this works. I'd like to create something that lasts a long time. I think that's the beauty of a quilt. It last more than one lifetime. I have a quilt that my Grandfather's mother made. It must be more than 70 years old. I need to find that quilt and sleep under it. Maybe that will give me some inspiration.