I guess that should say kids but my oldest child seems to get spoiled in this way more than the youngest. Totally not fair at all. I’m not even going to make excuses. Hopefully some day I can even the score but at this rate it will be hard for her to catch up. See my oldest begs for quilts and blankets to be made for her. She has 6 quilts and I can’t even begin to determine how many blankets she has. She steals them as I make them. Or sometimes she just steals the fabric and pretends it is a blanket. One day I received a message from her daycare teacher admonishing me for sending my child to school with just a piece of fabric as a ‘blanket’. She of course was kidding, mostly.
This is the first quilt that I made my oldest. We were team green. Or team ‘I rather wait until the birth to find out so that I could pester my husband daily about boy and girl names.’ He was a curmudgeon when it came to names. He turned down many awesome names because they were ‘weird’. Obviously he didn’t grow up as one of 500 Amandas in his class.
Owls were all the rage back then. You know way back in 2011. I picked out some other adorable owls but I was told by a few that they were much too creepy.
These Owls and Koala’s were adorable! While I was making it I was sure this was a very gender neutral quilt. I was delusional. Pregnancy throws off my sense of right and wrong. This was purely ‘boy’ oriented as I was convinced I was having a boy.
Surprise! I had a girl! She wore a lot of boy clothes at first. Poor thing! I was also convinced that my second was a boy as well. Nope. I’m 2 for 2. I’m leaving it at that.
Back to the quilt. This was my 2nd quilt ever. I was super proud. I didn’t even have a pattern for it. The wise quilting ladies at the quilt store helped me figure out all the Maths. Another pregnancy truth is that it robs women of their ability to do simple math. I’m still recovering this skill. One amazing thing about this quilt is that I used free motion quilting! No one told me that was a hard thing. I used free motion on my first quilt in small amounts and for this one I went all out. Now I’m much more reserved in my use as I’ve learned it is hard so now I fear it. It’s all mental.
This quilt is loved though. Alice loves it and it is a staple in our quilt rotation. However, she is a girly girl and as she has aged (almost 4 years) she gravitates to her quilts that contain pinks, purples, dancers and Hell Kitty (her word for Hello Kitty). She has also expanded her tastes to pieces of black sequined fabric with raw edges that I hear from daycare spread sequins all over the place. I chuckle every time she decides to take that fabric to daycare with her.
Ok that may be a little dramatic. BUT I have been stressing a bit about the 2 very large quilts that are almost ready for quilting. HOW AM I GOING TO DO THIS!?!?! I have really nice Husqvarna Sapphire sewing machine which rocks out smaller quilts no problem but these are 2 King sized quilts! Forget about the quilting part how am I going to lay these out and sandwich the batting and layers? Do I have a space big enough for this? How many cans of spray adhesive would I need? Or how many safety pins. STRESSED! It doesn’t help when my Mum calls (Hi Mum!) and says “How are you going to quilt that?” Thanks Mum! How am I going to do that?
So I started googling and figuring out if I would just have to sell my first born or both of my kids to afford a long arm quilter or someone to quilt them for me. (I’m joking, I would never sell my kids… maybe my husband but not my kids). Holy Hannah those machines are pricey! So then I started googling how to do this on a normal machine! Enter Kenneth Lund.
So Ken has made this quilt frame system that uses your machine and basically turns it into a system where you can quilt almost any sized quilt. Check out his webiste for more pictures and info http://machine-quilt-frames.blogspot.ca/. You really need to take a moment to check out one of Ken’s video’s here. He really is endearing and really wants to bring quilting to the masses. He has some great shirts too!
This would fix my problem of basting because it is all done on the frame! It will also fix my problem of trying to move these huge quilts around while I quilt them. So I’m going to order one! I also found some great tips from others all about how to make these frames work even better! I’m super excited to try it out. This is what comes in the kit and then you buy some inexpensive supplies to finish it off.
Here’s Ken with a machine and quilt all hooked up. Hi Ken! I hope you don’t mind I’m using your pictures!
Ken lund from his youtube video
I signed up for a hand stitching course by Rachel Hauser from Stitched in Color. She was running a ‘camp’ version of this course and I really, really wanted to do it. It is like summer camp for sewing from your own home! If you even finish all your projects you get a badge and a handmade gift from her! I didn’t sign up for it because I feared with the move that I would fall behind.
So I signed up for a version of the course that will do the same things just not as interactive as the camp. It will run over 9 weeks with a week in between each project to give us time to work on it. There will be one quilt that we work on each week and fun side projects to do! I’m so very excited.
These are some of the projects she has promised us! A needlebook, embellished tank, wall hanging or hexagon block, pillow, coasters and baby quilt. We will be learning reverse applique, embroidery, English paper piecing, hand quilting and applique.
So much to learn! The class starts on June 4th and I’ll keep you updated with the projects I am working on.
** all pictures from http://www.stitchedincolor.com