From sewers to crafters to fiber artists, it seems like there’s an unlimited number of titles for people who like to create with fabric and thread. While I generally concentrate on garments and accessories, I cant’ help being enticed by other creative pursuits, so I’m never quite sure which term I prefer. For example, I don’t usually think of myself as a quilter, but I’ve had lots of fun working on a few quilts (see below). On Friday, we asked our Facebook fans what term they usually use to identify themselves. The very impressive spectrum of responses has been really fun and inspiring to read through. We’ve got lots of seamstresses, quilters, designers, as well as many of you who identify with all of the above! I also like fan Carol Ann’s suggestion that we could all simply say that we “play with fabric.”
So, in the spirit of playing with fabric, I’ve been working on a really easy strip quilt. My grandma taught me to quilt when I was little, but it’s been quite a while since I attempted anything bigger than doll-size. Recently, our sister publication, Quiltmaker, had a fabric sale to support Project Linus (a very awesome and worthwhile cause). I couldn’t resist a collection of eight red-and-white print fat quarters that presented the opportunity to dabble in quilting again by making an easy throw.
Here’s a preview of the throw so far. I added a turquoise fat quarter to the mix for and extra pop, and was able to complete the quilt top in just a few hours over the weekend. Stay tuned for a full tuturorial.
The strips pieced into three panels, along with Quilt Advisor Reno at right:
The three panels cut into narrower strips:
Reno inspecting my work so far:
I’m pretty excited to finish the throw, and have been debating whether to tie, machine-quilt or hand-quilt it. What did you work on over the weekend? No matter what title you prefer, we’d love to hear about it!