Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Using up some scraps

I was using up some batiks that have been in a drawer for years and cut off so many of these triangles I thought I needed to sew them together.
 This went together fast then I quilted them with pebbles.  I like the look of pebbles but phew!  they take alot of time and lots of thread.  I am really glad I tried them on a small piece before I went straight into a queen or king.

Hopefully soon I will get the original top quilted, but I sure know it won't be with pebbles (maybe boulders)

Ugh, tomorrow starts 5 days in a row of work.  I haven't had to do 5 straight for a long time.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Lazy??? What the heck!

A few weeks ago I finally got my copy of 'quilting modern' by Jackie and Katie.  I gotta say I love this book.  I really want my boss to get it for the store, so I made a quick sample from the book. 

I straight line quilted it. ( In retrospect I would have done something a bit more creative but I really did want to get it into the store.)  So I was showing it to my boss and she was NOT impressed and called it lazy.  LAZY????  I think she was talking about the straight line quilting.

Is there really anything lazy in quilting?  Just an hour before she and I were looking at some panel fabric that had just come in and she was saying you don't even have to cut them apart and sash just put a border on and pft, pft, pft it is done.  And what about using the computer on a long arm to do your quilting for you? Or a stitch regulator!

I think all these things make getting the job done a bit easier.  There is a time and place for each one of these shortcuts(?).  What is lazy to some people may be the only way another person can finish a project.  It all depends on skill and comfort level and personal preference.  In defense of my boss tho, she is an amazing quilter and I do learn alot from her,  maybe even 'if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all'.