Friday, June 13, 2008


I went to my sewing bee tonight, and took along the mini wholecloth quilt to work on. The "beekeeper," Nancy, asked me how I get my stitches so small. She was flabbergasted and gave me a nice compliment on my quilting. The real compliment, though, was her asking for a tutorial of sorts, and she's a) about three times my age, b) been hand quilting for over 20 years, and c) this is only my second handquilted piece. Whee!

Thursday, June 12, 2008


I still can't believe I'm actually entering something in the Austin guild's show this year...let alone TWO quilts...and lastly, two quilts that are both handquilted! Eek!

One of them is a mini wholecloth kit I bought for kicks. As there was a category for kits and the like, and this one is almost done (and coming along quickly) I figured why not. I'll at least get some feedback on my quilting, you know?

Here's a close-up...of the back. It's not perfect, but it's not bad either IMHO:

The other one is a pieced top, made with coffee-themed fabrics. I decided to call it "Color-Blind Coffee," as the dots remind me of color blind tests. I figured out the quilting design tonight, and I'm excited about it. The piecing turned out well on this one, too, so it may actually have a shot of doing well in the handquilting category. It will have borders on it, but I don't have the fabric yet.

The goal? Not to get eaten alive by the judges. As I feel that my hand quilting skills are better than much of what I see at shows, I think I may actually come out okay in the end. For grins, I decided to have the coffee quilt appraised at the show. I'm just curious...