Sunday, April 22, 2012

Wonky Top Done

OK, well these were done last week and this is my first chance to get them up. I've been also working on a solid challenge which is surprisingly a challenge. Laugh Out Loud. I actually thought doing a quilt with just a few squares and mostly white would be easy. It has turned out to be a learning experience. More on that latter, I need to get a photo of it first.

More about my wonky quilt. I've gotten a lot of, "that's cool" to a few, "oh wow". Not everyones taste and that's OK with me. I just have to piece them together which is coming along easy enough. I moved a few of the squares around and I think it fits a little nicer. Thinking about a boarder, not sure.

I went to a quilt retreat yesterday. My first and I have to say it was nice. I met quite a few nice woman. I came away feeling like I made some new friends, but at the same time realized I was a little out of my element. I don't know a lot of sewing terms or quilting terms for that matter. I think the one thing that stood out the most and made me realize that I'm a no rules, whatever looks good sort of quilter was when I told one of the women that I had learned this really cool way of doing half square triangles. You take two squares and stitch all four sides and then cut cross ways and you get four half square triangles. She nodded and said, "Yeah that would work". A short pause and then, "but then you would have two that were on the bias." I smiled and thought to myself, oh yeah, I guess I don't really think about that all the time. I really don't. I mean it crosses my mind sometimes but if my fabric is not long enough for a piece I need I turn it around and if it happens to be on the bias, OH WELL. Should I be worried about this? My first thought is no. Do I dream of someday being able to sell my quilts? Yes. SO, should I be worried that I'm not a by the rules sort of quilter? I'm still thinking no. Can I improved my skills? Absolutely. I think that's what I'm doing all the time. Every time I'm in my sewing studio, cutting, piecing, or machine quilting I'm improving. I think that is the lesson I will take away from yesterday. Everyone has something to learn or to teach. Weather it's at home online with quilters or at a retreat watching, talking, and getting to know other quilters. It's all a learning experience.


  1. Don't worry about rules too much. Yes, bias is something to think about, but it can be worked with if you pay attention. If the HST with the bias edges work for you, then go for it. We all have our own methods that we prefer. Trying new methods is good...that way you pick what you like and what gives you the least stress. Don't worry about the quilt police. And yes, every time you take a stitch, you are learning something and getting more experience. Just like with life!

  2. Nice to hear from a seasoned quilter, thanks. I look at it this way. If I get good enough at this free motion quilting I can cover up any of my mistakes right? LOL.