Sunday, May 13, 2007

My craft world is multidimensional

All I can think about these days are fabrics. Backings, pieces, backgrounds, contrasts, all sorts of fabrics. I am dying to start a quilt. And Craft Essentials (they carry some of the most beautiful fabrics from desigers Kaffe Fassett, Amy Butler, Denyse Schmidt) was having a 25% off sale on all fabric. :) Oh yes, yes I partook. I partook in a big way. I have planned out my first quilt. Wanna see the fabrics?

Unfortunately, I don't know yet how to quilt. I have ordered up some books from Amazon, one of which includes a pattern for coasters. I figure I will start out with that and see how frustrated I get with it. :)

On to my other obsession, knitting. I have knit nothing this week. But I have been crocheting. I pulled out my old standby, the Babette. I had half of a panel crocheted and another panel ready to sew onto the blanket. I crocheted up the rest of the unfinished panel and my trusty assistant, Chauntel, and I spent 2 hours on Saturday sewing it up. Which means, it would have taken me alone 4 hours. How do I love thee, Chaun. :)) I am not going to show you the progress on the blanket (I am so close to being done that you will just have to wait to see it in it's full, finished glory) but I will show you one of the final 36 squares.

And how about a pretty picture of a plant persevering through in this world of concrete and asphalt:


Chauntel said...

I love that blanket, I love that fabric & sewing wasn't too bad! Not nearly as bad as I expected. Kind of relaxing even though I did keep making mistakes lol

Suzanne said...

My aunt is a quilter. She makes some amazing things from geometrical quilts, appliqué, photo picture quilts, etc. and she gave me a whole bunch of quilt books a while back - hoping to inspire me to join her in her obsession.

I made one small log cabin lap quilt, from a pre-cut kit actually, because, yes, I really am that lazy, and that was enough for me.

Next time I come to knitting (whenever that maybe) I'll bring the books with me in case you want to borrow one of them. If nothing else, the pictures are pretty - and the styles of quilts are so diverse. It's fun to see.

Come to think of it - I also have a book about how women used symbols in quilts laid out in their front porches as a sort of underground railroad code, leading slaves to safe havens along their journey towards freedom. How cool is that? I think I enjoy craft folklore more than the crafts themselves - nah - I like them both.

But... you could probably get more use out of the books than I would with them sitting around in a box in my garage.

I can't wait to see what you'll come up with. I'm sure that whatever it is it will be beautiful.

photogmichelle said...

Amazing fabrics you picked up and you can't be 25% off. They never seem to put those designers on sale by me. You may also like Heather Bailey's fabrics, along the lines of amy butler. Can't wait to see the quilt in the works. I'm made tote bags and the like but nothing close to a quilt yet.

Kalah said...

So now that you've received your quilting books, have you figured out how you want to do your first quilt?? FUN!!