Wednesday, August 13, 2014

WIPs on Wednesday

Do you ever have trouble trying to decide what color combination to choose for your next quilt? Do you have a color combination you love and consider it your “go to” combination?

Being a scrap quilt lover I’ve never actually had a color combination I was hooked on. I love all colors, all the time the more the better. Yet I’ve always wanted to make a blue and white quilt. I’ve been collecting blue and white fabric for some time now (like years) and lately I’ve been thinking it’s time to stop collecting and start sewing. Now all I need to do is settle on a pattern!

 

This is my inspiration! I collect Polish pottery. This isn’t my collection, it’s borrowed from the internet. It’s great inspiration, don’t you think?

Hey maybe I’ll even make a blue and white table cloth to show off my collection.

So tell me, do you have a favorite color combination?

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Decorate Your Table

Quilts are a wonderful addition to your home decor.  One of the places I like to use quilts is on the table.  Whether it's a table runner, or a large quilt used as a tablecloth, quilts really can make a delightful statement when used this way.  Here are some great examples of table decor made by Quiltsy Team members:

Table Runners and Table Toppers curated by Quiltsy Team on Etsy

No matter if your table is large or small, you can find a table runner that will make your house feel like a home!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

WIPs on Wednesday

While trying to decide how to quilt a small quilt a few weeks ago I began thinking about hand quilting and how it doesn’t mean the same thing as it did when I first started quilting.

When I started quilting in 1994 hand quilting was done with hand quilting thread and between needles. These days when people say hand quilting sometimes they mean that big pick stitch quilting with a large needle and perle cotton.

I don’t have anything against  big stitch quilting, I’ve used it and will probably do so again. I’ve seen some outstanding quilts done with it. I’m just hoping that we don’t forget to pass traditional quilting along to the next generation. It seems these days we’re in such a hurry to finish we either machine quilt or use big stitch quilting for everything. I know there are some people who although they make quilts they don’t like hand stitching one bit! I for one love it, hand stitching of all kinds, from quilting to embroidery. I find it very satisfying and always have.

I don’t think you have to choose one or the other. I think some quilts call for machine quilting while others definitely call for hand quilting or big stitch. And actually some quilts may call for all three. So what do you think?

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Do you now or have you ever hand quilted? What do you think about big stitch quilting, yea or nay?