Sunday, July 20, 2014

Hello, everyone! This is my first official post on this blog. I'm super excited to start this and become more connected with my fellow crafters out there on the world wide web. I'd like to give a special shout out to my husband for helping (and by helping, I mean doing ALL of the work) to put together a presentable blog for me :)
My hopes are to share all of my quilting projects through this blog, but you will probably see the many other facets of my life on here too! This will probably include my best friend, my husband. We live in a small town and nothing is more important than our family (fortunately both sides live very close by) and our church. We are the crazy people who decided to have four dogs (three dachshunds, one boxer mix) but we love them and couldn't imagine an evening relaxing in our home without them! We are total foodies and always looking for something new to try. We love a good story and watch a good deal of movies. Although I like to dabble in many things (as far as crafting) my heart primarily lies in making quilts and getting absorbed in a good read :)

For my first post, I will share my most recent finish. It is the Lotus pattern by Jaybird Quilts.

With the exception of the backing, it was made entirely of the Art Gallery Fabric- Pat Bravo's Indie collection. Art Gallery is probably my favorite, but I really don't discriminate when it comes to hoarding fabric :)

This was my first experience free motion quilting on a full size quilt. It is not anywhere near perfect, but I'm happy with it! I never thought I would have gotten this far. I quilted leaf-like designs in all of the lotus flowers. I decided to not quilt any design within the triangles. I like the effect that has because it makes the triangles pop out of the quilt. I love the third dimension that quilting adds to a quilt. I just started quilting a little over a year ago. I was fine with the cutting and piecing because I sewed a lot of garments for 4-H projects. The quilting aspect was entirely new for me. It brought me a lot of frustration this past year trying to figure machine tensions, technique and channeling an artistic side to me I never thought I had- but I'm glad that I stuck with it. The whole process of making a quilt is not for the impatient and I've had to learn to slow down enjoy every aspect. That's hard in our world that is so production driven and when you feel like you only have so little time to work on your projects anyways. I'm loving it all so far, and I hope I can learn and be able to accomplish more!

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