Ya hear that? That's the sound of me busy-bee-buzzin' away with one of my new favorite things to do: quilting! I started my first quilt two weeks ago, and today I just started another exciting project (a 3 x 3 square with lil' mini 3 x 3's!).
I can't get over it. I'm friggin' quilting. Who woulda thunk???
It's pretty crazy, seeing as how I've only been sewing for five weeks. How grateful am I to have my fabulous teacher Elaine at Crafters Quarters enter my life? Answer: *SO* grateful!
(Re)Learning to sew---and actually make functional items---was my #1 New Year's Goal this year. After two and a half weeks of a fruitless search for private at-home lessons, I finally came across Crafters Quarters and was paired with a seasoned sewer who is an extraordinary teacher. Honestly, I couldn't have hoped for someone better, 'cuz she's got mad-skills, patience, and a *great* sense of humor! My first lesson with Elaine was on February 3rd, and every Thursday we meet for two hours. In Week 3 I took on the quilting challenge, and it's been full speed ahead since then. A total of just ten hours of lessons and I'm zippin' through projects, feeling inspired 24/7, and have a love and respect for my sewing mentor like another mother. I am so jazzed! :o)
Elaine surprised me today with this exciting 3 x 3 block project. She actually provided the sock money fabric (which she knew I would love 'cuz she's very in-tune to my tastes already) and walked me through the steps of cutting the fabric just so, following the pattern in the book she has loaned me, and sewing the seams in the proper direction. This particular quilt that I'm now creating is called "Ellen's Favorite Lap Quilt," though I feel like it'll hafta' be changing it to "Ashley's Favorite Lap Quilt" once it's finished. I am super-psyched about having successfully made a 3 x 3 block today. It wasn't nearly as difficult as I imagined it would be, and while the cutting is a little more time consuming than the retro patchwork quilt I'm halfway done with, I love that it's a little more dynamic without being tricky to sew. Truly, the time consuming bit is cutting the fabric and ironing down the pesky seams---the sewing is a cinch!
|::: happy feet! :::|
p.s. THANK YOU, ELAINE!!!