Friday, July 8, 2011

Katydid's first quilt!

Laura from Katydid's is a multi talented lady.  Today we're featuring her very first quilt.  She enjoys a variety of creative projects, like home decor, embroidered gnome napkins, drink charms and even housekeeping tips!  Let's give Laura a big welcome the quilting world!


When I was approached by Heather and Megan to tell a Quilt Story, I knew I had to share the experience of making my first quilt.  I am a completely self-taught sewer and only dusted off an old sewing machine about 3 years ago.  I never thought I would ever quilt.  I’ll admit it.  I was biased.  I didn’t think quilting would fit my style.  I like modern, bright colors and clean lines.  And I thought quilts only fit in with country décor.  (Not that there’s anything wrong with country style, it just wasn’t for me!)  Plus…it looked really, really hard to do!


Then I started reading Jane Brocket’s wonderful book, The Gentle Art of Domesticity.  She’s a renegade, modern quilter and, as I read her story, I began to get the quilting itch.  Before I knew it, I was enrolled in a beginner’s quilting class.  The class was wonderful and in one month, I walked away with my first finished baby quilt. The pattern is called Winning Hand and I used Heather Bailey and other fun fabrics in it.   The class not only taught me quilting, but really improved my sewing skills and my eye for pattern and color.  Since I created my first quilt two years ago, I’ve made three others.  All small sized.  I’m currently trying to get the courage to make a twin sized quilt.  And hand quilt it!  I’ve only machine-quilted and “stitched in the ditch” and I know I’m missing out on a key part of quilting.  Come and visit me on my blog and see what I’m up to.  You never know there may just be entry in the near future, when I show-off my first twin-sized quilt!



Unknown said...

félicitations !!!!!!!
j'aime c'est frais , les couleurs sont jolies !!!!!!

amitiés de Régina

Jenniffier said...

That is a wonderful first quilt! Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

One of my favorite patterns! Lovely quilt, and so well done!
Jacque in SC

Leslie said...

this is beautiful..congrats on the first quilt.

Laura Bray said...

Thanks for the warm welcome everyone! I'm honored to share my quilt story with you.

Thearica said...

Awesome first quilt!