Growing up, I had no idea there was such a thing as quilting by machine. My grandmothers and mother were the ones I saw quilting, and never was a machine involved. So, when I started, in my 30’s and much later than they had all started, I already had two kids and knew a machine would most definitely be involved.
I started with a simple Brother machine that I had picked up at a local London Drugs, and several months later, when both my husband and I realized I had found a solid creative outlet, he upgraded me to my Bernina. Big B came with the BSR which enabled me to easily free motion quilt at home. Super handy for a super busy now mother of four, and precious little funds to pay a long armer.
I picked up a beautiful rainbow coloured jelly roll, collected all my patterns, scored some super cute newsprint background fabric, and I was off. I especially loved the background newsprint because the kids can learn their letters, and then search for them in the background. Using the free motion quilting, I was able to imitate my oldest daughter’s cursive handwriting into the solid colour of each letter. Since cursive is being eliminated from the schools, I’m teaching them at home.
This was also my first ever entry into a local festival, the Heritage Park Festival of Quilts. My 10 year old also entered her first quilt in the same, and my mother came out to visit and we surprised her with the entry. It was a great bonding experience, and my newborn’s first outing at 5 days old.
Instagram. Oh, how I love Instagram. The amazing, unlimited talent, inspiration, and creativity on the site is outstanding. It feels like I have found ‘my people’ there. I could browse the posts for hours, taking in the patterns, colours, and creativity in all those beautiful quilts.
I’m sharing my Mandala quilt for this . It’s made from a Violet Craft pattern, and I found it striking to the eye, and thankfully, fairly forgiving to make. This is really important to a newbie like me. What I lack in talent and skill, I like to think I make up for in enthusiasm.
Amy’s Creative Side is a blog I’ve read for a long time, and a constant source of information and inspiration. Love that this has been organised and am so excited to see all the posts. It will be great fun to follow along.
If you’re familiar with Tula Pink fabric, you know how gorgeous it is. If you’re not familiar with it, you should take a look. Her prints are rich, bright, and bold. My first dive into her lines was the result of a great deal from a member of my guild, and that left me hooked. Her fabrics are so beautiful, and were so far out of my comfort zone, but now, I find myself pulled to each line she releases.
I also picked up a copy of one of her books (Quilts From the House of Tula Pinkhttp://www.tulapink.com/quilts-from-the-house-of-tula-pink/ ) , and tried one of the patterns in it – Cloudy Days. I buy my fabric mostly in fat quarters, and while I loved this quilt, the large size rain drops were not fat quarter friendly. I had a bit of yardage from one of the prints in her line, Chipper, and did manage to squeeze out one large, but the remainder were a mix of medium and small drops. I still love it. Not sure how I’m going to quilt this one, but I think I’ll give free motion quilting another shot on it.