|Hand-quilted and -embroidered wall hanging, Mother Goose|
It all starts when an idea forms in my head. Sometimes I am inspired by a beautiful landscape or a fabulous piece of fabric. Sometimes, something just occurs to me, which is the case with the quilt I am working on now.
|Drawing for the current quilt|
I make a colossal mess bringing my sketch into existence! I don't work from a pattern, so it's cut - place - pin until I am happy. The faces of my quilts are many little pieces of fabric sewn together to make one big piece of fabric. To accomplish this, and since I'm not at all into straight edges, my sewing machine and I appliqué everything together, usually edging curves and sometimes even sewing in circles.
Here is a great example of sewing in circles. The white around the frog's eyes is circular zigzag stitch. The frog's body, the weeds, the lily pad and even the shoreline are all curved a little or a lot.
But I feel it's worth it in the end. This baby quilt is full crib size to stay with its owner all the way through a toddler bed. I took me six full days to cut out all of the pieces and get them appliquéd together. Since I quilt by hand (seriously - needle and thread by hand!), it will take me probably a couple of weeks to finish it. But when it's done, there won't be another quilt like it anywhere. It will be as unique as the child who grows up with it!