I've been quilting for about 30 years,I caught the quilting bug during the bi-centenial like lots of us, and haven't stopped since.
I've been quilting so long that I remember when I used cardboard templates and a pencil to mark my squares and triangles before grabbing the sciccors to cut them out! It would take weeks to cut out a quilt. Now I can cut out a whole king size quilt in a few hours with the rotary cutter.
Believe it or not I was one of those people who thought the rotary cutter was a waste of money!! I just didn't get it until I saw one demonstrated at a quilt show. I've been a fan ever since.
I hope to post often and fill this site with lots of pictures of my quilting projects. I know that's what you want, pictures of quilts, not my ramblings. Let me know if you like what you see, and if you don't let me know what you'd like to see.
Thanks for visiting.
I'm swapping like crazy!! Here are the Puss in the Corner swap blocks I did for QATW.
This is the color scheme that "Bookworm", the swap hostess asked us to use: earthy reds, warm browns, and golden creams and tans. I haven't used this color scheme before. It's beautiful and I had all the colors in my stash already, so I guess they're colors I like. I just needed a little nudge to combine them. I love when I find a swap that teaches me something.
I'm also working on 2 more swaps. These swaps are on Blockswappers, a subgroup of the Stashbusters group that I've belonged to since 2002. The first is a mini nine patch swap. The blocks finish 3 inches. I don't know what I'm going to do with them but they're so cute I couldn't resist. Any suggestions?
I signed up for 4 sets of 10 and I have one set done and the other 3 sewn into strip sets. I'm hoping to get those finished today. If I do I think I'll sign up for a few more sets, like maybe 6......that would give me 100 swapped blocks and the 5 extra from each set that I make. I'm using up some of my fat quarters and if I cut 5 dark 1 1/2 inch strips and 4 light 1 1/2 inch strips I get 15 3 1/2 inch nine patches. Here's a picture of my progress so far:
I'v also signed up for 2 sets of 9 inch nine patch blocks. That will give me 20 swapped blocks and about 8 that I've made for myself. For some of the blocks I used the "leftovers" from the fat quarters I cut my mini 9 patches from so I have a lot of different blocks.
I found that 2 FQ'a will make six 9 inch 9 patches and 5 dark and 4 light 3 1/2 inch strips cut from the width of the fabric will make 12 blocks. Ten to swap and two to keep.
This swap isn't due until May but these blocks are so easy and I was in the mood for some simple piecing yesterday that both sets will be finished today. So far I'm the only one who's signed up for this swap. I hope as the due date gets closer more people will sign up. It would stink to have all my blocks made and have the swap canceled.
Any one else interested? in joining? Go to Blockswappers and sign up. Here's a picture of some of these blocks: