Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Something Entirely New

Hi Girls~
Nope, no squares today...sad isn't it? Saturday, Sunday and Monday turned out to be a bust for sittin' & stitchin', but I did get to gab for hours with the bunco girls, see a Sharks game in San Jose and take another sewing class! We like to stay busy roud here, hehe... Also, I did map out the rest of my squares for the 35 Squares project, I only have 10" left!! I still have certain things that I wanted to include, so I sketched them out so as not to forget any. Tomorrow I'll have new squares for you, promise!

Today I thought I'd share something with you that I'm brand spanking new at, but starting to like the idea of more and more... quilting! As some of you know, my husband Sean bought me a beautiful new sewing machine for Christmas this year, and I'm bound and determined to use that little baby! I've been signing up and taking a few classes at our local JoAnn's store. They offer a variety of classes, but mostly I've been interested in sewing and quilting.

Here are the results from Quilting 101.
Not too shabby, aye? I made this block in class.
The block on the left was from class, the block on the right I made here at home.

We started with three fat quarters.

Of course I chose three obnoxiously bright colors. The instructor said she liked the combination and that it was a "departure" from a lot of what she sees a lot of beginner quilting students pick, hehehe... I hope that "departure" is a good thing! Anyway, I like what I like, so yay for obnoxious-ness!

Uh oh... see what I did? She warned me about this. I used the wrong side of the green fabric on the triangle squares when I made my second block. I don't think you'll be able to tell when I'm done...
See? Barely discernable. I hope.

Sew... I have enough left over from the fat quarters to make one more block. When I've finished I'm going to use some light interfacing and a coordnating fabric to back them and make a small runner for my coffee table. I'm actually going to finish this project in another class from JoAnn's. I want to learn to use a bias tape maker and finish the edges in a contrasting fabric. The instructor from my sewing class (not the quilting instructor... I think she quit) said she'd teach me how to do that. I'll definitely show you guys pictures when I'm finished.

I'm kind of excited about this guys! Figuring out how to make the blocks is a bit of a challenge, but the actual sewing part is pretty straight forward. I don't know how often I'd do it, but I like the thought of making quilts for the peeps I love.

I wasn't going to post this until my project was completely done, I actually took this quilting class about a month ago, but then I saw this yesterday and was inspired to share and get moving on this project again.
If you haven't seen this, check it out, it's really cool. If these dudes can do it, sew can I!

See you tomorrow!


Jill said...

Your quilt is looking great! I love the colors-- they're fun and cheery!
Have a great day!

Angela McRae said...

I read that same WSJ article and just loved it! And your quilt is soooooo pretty with all those bright, sunny colors ... hope to get back on mine once I'm finished crocheting baby blankets!

beedeebabee♥ said...

Hi Lisa! I think you're just a natural born stitching girl!!! This is so pretty...and you'd better stop pointing out your teeny weeny mistakes...who would have noticed that anyway? It's PERFECT, and I love those colors! ... and I'm sure your quilting instructor loves having you in her class to perk things up!...How cool is Mr White! I always thought truckers slept at those truck stops, but now I know better!
xo Paulette ;)