2010 Sewing Goals

February 8, 2010

Use up what I have so I can bring in fresh and whimsical materials.

Finish UFOs or let them go.

Easter Quilts for each grandchild.

Learn and become proficient in freemotion embroidery and quilting.

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There Once Was a Spider…..Quilt

October 14, 2009

I am a procrastinator by nature.  I get a lot done, but sometimes the ideas have to compost in my head for several days, weeks, months and even years.  I have wanted to start a journal to serve as a place to write about my creative ideas and plans in the hope that I will be motivated to keep the projects moving along. 

The inspiration to finally do it came while reading this post from Tallgrass Prairie Studio about Amy’s Fall Quilt Festival.  I definitely felt the nudge.   Since the first quilt I ever made was visiting my house I thought it was perfect timing. 

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Several years ago, my son asked me to make him a spider quilt.  He was 17 and I was not really a quilter at that time.  I made things using quilting techniques – appliqued clothing, quilted totes and doodads.  I was not sure about making a whole quilt.  Let alone one with spiders on it.  I looked for patterns but found none suitable.  Any spider designs I found for applique were quite juvenile and not worthy of a 17 year old. 

Well, it took me five years to finally decide to just do it.  I free styled it and the thing took on a life of its own.  By the time I completed it, he had moved out, got married and had my first granddaughter.  The year my granddaughter was born I became obsessed with completing this quilt.  I finished it just after Christmas and started the new year with a sense of accomplishment  Yay!

Here is eight month old Pandora checking out the spiders.  (She is eight years old now.)

Pandora on Spider Quilt

Now, I have the quilt back because he wants to hang it on the wall and I agreed to add a hanging sleeve.  He is a bit concerned that it might take me another five years to pull this off, and I can’t guarantee that it won’t.  Hopefully this journal entry will serve as motivation to get it completed soon.

I want to thank Jacquie and Amy for their inspirational and entertaining blogs!