Thursday, March 08, 2007

Someday I'll finish posting Christmas gifts

Here at long last is the quilt I made for my mother for Christmas!
It is Denyse Schmidt's Flock of Triangles from "Denyse Schmidt Quilts". It has mistakes. A lot of them. I had a really hard time piecing the triangles so that their tips wouldn't get cut off when I sewed the rows together. I also (gulp) didn't use a walking foot when I quilted it. I know I know! You have to use a walking foot! Well, I thought I could get away with it. Well, I was wrong and this quilt proved it.I feel bad because my technique has improved since I made this quilt and if I were to make it today it would be far superior. I realised that my mom is the recipient of these types of handmade gifts more often than anyone else I give gifts to. Gifts I have made when I have just begun a new craft but haven't quite got the hang of it yet. I wish I had a picture of the enormous fuzzy socks I knit her in college. But I think the reason for this is that she is always the first person that I want to share my new craft with. Everyone else has to wait. Besides, at the rate I am going, I foresee many more quilts in my mom's future.
Using what I have learned from the triangle quilt, I am making this zigging and zagging quilt.
The triangles are bigger than the "Flock" triangles and the fabrics are arranged to give these lovely, stripey zig-zags. I had a "duh" moment in which I figured out how to line the triangles up properly so as to remain triangles and not become trapezoids. And yes, I do have a walking foot now. The next time I make a quilt for my mom it is going to seriously kick ass.

3 comments:

  1. Ohhhh your quilts are beautiful!!! I have same book of her quilts and am hoping to make one someday. You have a great eye for color and a math degree WOW!!

    Thanks for visiting my blog and your comment.I wish I understood it better, I seem to get such a mental block with it. I may just take another math class.

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  2. Your work is gorgeous! Oh how I wish I had that talent, but I don't. :) Thanks for visiting my blog and I have enjoyed looking at all of your quilts!

    Teresa

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  3. Josie5:01 AM

    What a beautiful quilt. I love the colourway, it really stands out. I adore that Denyse Schmidt book, it is one of my absolute favourites. Thank you so much for your kind comments on my blog.
    Josie

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