|Dresden Quilt from A Prairie Home Blog.|
For years I've said to myself (and others) that quilting is the one thing I would never want to do. Pottery is another one; now watch, 10 years from now I will be begging for a potter's wheel. But quilting has never really appealed to me because it looks like a lot of work. I like quilts and quilt shows, but I never thought I'd want to sit down, learn how to use a machine and actually sew peices together. Too much time, too much effort and too many fabrics to choose from.
Then, I saw and slept under the 1930's quilts at a Scrapbooking retreat last fall and really liked the style and colors of those antique quilts. I love the reproduction feed sack material that the local quilt shop carries, so there is the answer to what type of fabrics I like. Then, Shannan gave me a sewing machine for Christmas, and although it looks complicated it's fairly easy to use. So now I really have no excuse for not quilting (right?).
|1930's Quilt from the Scrapbooking Retreat|
|Antique Crazy Quilt from the Scrapbooking Retreat|
So, this evening I had fun making all kinds of little Dresden Petals! But first I figured I'd better wash my fabrics. I don't own a pinking shears so the edges were raw edges.
|Here are my bright and happy fabrics ready for the wash.|
|And here are my wet and tangled pieces after. I learned a lesson and that is to wash small pieces of fabric by hand. Luckily, there was no harm done and they all untangled and ironed up nicely.|
|Here are a few of the pieces just placed together. The circle will ultimately be tighter because the pieces are sewn together using a 1/4 seam allowance. I think it takes 16 petals to make a full circle. There are 17 here.|
|Then I really started to have fun. I tried many different color combinations.|
|But my favorite is all of the colors and patterns together. I'd like to find 5 or 6 more colors/patterns at the quilt store downtown, then I would have a nice variety and wouldn't have to repeat so many of the colors over and over.|
Have a Happy Day!