I’m basically a self-taught sewist. My first few quilts were just thrown together squares and strips and triangles. I have used tutorials and videos and my own intuition. I took a class to make Harriet’s “Hoo-Hoo Coat” (it has owls and is still her favorite), and really learned a lot. Having actual instruction was really helpful and beneficial to my sewing.
When I made Alma’s big twin quilt, I bought a pattern, and mostly followed it. I had to change it a bit to make the colors flow the way I wanted.
I’ve been working on a new quilt, a Tula 100 block sampler. Actually, I worked on it a lot a while ago, and it’s been sitting around all winter. I bought Tula Pink’s City Sampler book after seeing some amazing blocks on Instagram.
I love the blocks I’ve made, and I’ve also learned a lot more about the art of quiltmaking. I’ve learned better ways to make triangles. I’ve learned more about piecing and fussy cutting.
I’ve learned that triangles look cool, but are a pain in the butt.
I love these squares because they are so little. The finished size will be 6×6, so all the little pieces are tiny. I’ve been able to use many of the fabrics I’ve had leftover from other projects, and haven’t had to buy much. I’ve bought a few fat quarters of plain colored fabrics because I’ve realized that my tastes tend to be a bit busy and having some solids help balance that little bit.
I love going through the blocks I’ve made. I’ve made 62 so far, so I’ve over halfway there. Working on my Tula 100 quilt is on my Winter To Do List, and I’m really excited to get back into it.
I’m not sure what the finished product will be, but I’m leaning towards using it on our bed. It will be bright and cheerful, and I love that sort of thing.