Friday, March 26, 2010

Something I Used to Do


About 3 or 4 years ago, believe it or not, I got really into making quilts. I'm not really sure why. I think it was similar to when I started this blog - I just needed a creative outlet. I used to sew when I was a kid and I have two very crafty grandmas. I have a sewing machine and I was seeing classes around town so I thought, well I'll take a class and see where it takes me.

For about a year I loved it. I made two baby quilts and I probably would
have continued if it weren't for the fact that living in San Francisco is not conducive to leaving a sewing machine out all of the time. Maybe if I didn't have roommates or never wanted to eat at my dining room table but taking the sewing machine and setting it up and taking it down every time I wanted to use it really made me consider whether or not I really wanted to sew. Also when you quilt it involves lots of ironing boards and believe it or not those are big space hogs too. :)

At any rate, the point of this blog is the books that I found incredibly useful through my quilting journey (no matter how short lived). The first was the most basic but the most useful. When out of class but having a basic question (as I always did) this book would always answer it!: 'Learn to Machine Quilt' by Sharon Chambers















After awhile you want some inspiration beyond the standard quilt and this book was great for it's wonderful, modern ideas of what else to make: 'Denyse Schmidt Quilts: 30 Colorful Quilt and Patchwork Projects'













Finally, you will inevitebly have some scraps lying around and want to make some gifts for people that don't take a week/months of time to throw together. This book was great at offering beautiful and fun ideas: 'Last-Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts' by Joelle Hoverson













I always enjoyed making these quilts and think that I will again pick this up once again when I have a really big house but that day is far off. So for now, I had to leave this hobby behind, but not forgotten.

10 comments:

  1. That's awesome you were once so into quilt-making, but I can definitely see how you'd have to take a backseat to that hobby now. Still, too cool -- I'm sure you'll have a chance to whip up a blanket or two again someday. :)

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  2. These are just gorgeous. I have absolutely no talent when it comes to craftiness.

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  3. Beautiful quilts Leah! You are continuing the craft gene of our family. :)

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  4. Beautiful! In my imagination, I fancy myself as a quilter and sewer, but I don't have enough time for my hobbies as it is. One day...

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  5. I really wish that I had learned to sew because I would love to make a quilt. Something about being able to sew a blanket from odds and end of od clothing kus appeals to me. There were always great quilts in my family. The ones that you have pictured are gorgeous.

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  6. Those quilts are lovely! Am impressed you made those, as I'm not very crafty.

    I tried quilting by hand several years ago and really enjoyed it, but for whatever reason I never finished the quilt I started. Pretty sure it's still somewhere up in the attic, patiently waiting for me to pull it out and finally finish it. Maybe someday. :)

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  7. Your quilts are beautiful! I used to do more crafts myself, but finding the space to do them in was a problem for me as well. It would take longer to set things up and put them away than it would to actually create anything.

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  8. These are awesome! My grandmother was a big quilter. I can still remember how fascinated I was to watch her as she did everything by hand! Your quilts are beautiful and I hope you will have the time and space to quilt again one day soon!

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  9. I used to quilt too, and have some really fun quilt books that I love. I still look them over now and then and wish for more quilting time. I hope to get back into it again some day, but my only excuse is the time blogging has taken... and that I've some how lost my drive to keep at it.

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  10. Thank you so much for sharing! I always really admire people who are so good with fibercrafts. Quilting is something that interests me, but I've never been sure that the time/space investments involved are something I could feasibly do. Maybe someday! :)

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