QUILTING–re-motivation, new skill, recuperating hand, and sooner than later to finish a recently pieced quilt for a granddaughter!

QUILTING–re-motivation, new skill, recuperating hand, and sooner than later to finish a recently pieced quilt for a granddaughter!

My interest in quilting has been re-motivated! I love the fun of working with materials and shapes. It is so exciting to piece together different shapes and to choose various colors. The excitement of planning and readjusting my chosen pattern or design is a fabulous feeling. I love seeing purple and yellow combinations from block to block and even red and purple, and of course, many many more colors and combinations! I even like drawing and making my own very simple artwork. I sometimes will use coloring books to get ideas and may even trace an object if it is the right one for the quilt.

This past summer, I asked my 10-year-old granddaughter what I could make her and she suggested that I make a music-note quilt in black and white squares with notes in each block. Well, I got started and decided the black and white needed some color to make it POP! Also, really felt she would like some color. I figured when I was 10 years of age, I sure liked colors. After asking her dad what her favorite color was right now, I have chosen a bright lime-green. I love it and hope she does too when I get it finished.

WOW, finishing it at this time is a concern or difficulty for me for several reasons. First, the cost is just too much to have it done by a long-arm quilter and besides I’ve always wanted to finish my own quilts. Second, I also like the idea that I do most of the work –– IT WILL BE FROM ME, SO I WANT TO BE ABLE TO SAY I MADE IT! And third, I have developed hand problems and have had surgery and recuperation will take a long time. Finally, I started considering the thought that I should learn how-to do free motion quilting, but that it would be so very difficult and I did not know where to get help.

Well, I decided to surf the web and I found a free motion quilting blog with video that has motivated me http://freemotionquilting.blogspot.com/p/start-here.html. Thank you, Leah Day. Her method makes me feel I can to do this, especially after I get some practice session under my belt!

I want to finish the music quilt sooner than later, but since hand sewing is a problem for me at this time I know I can manage working with a sewing machine. I’ve been viewing and practicing Leah’s freemotionquilting ideas from her site and am feeling more confident.

So along with learning a new skill, using my regular sewing machine, and working with a recuperating hand, I’ve decided I will finished this special quilt sooner than later. WISH ME LUCK!

NOTE: I’m hoping Santa brings me her book “365 Free Motion Quilting Designs” by Leah Day.

Leaf designs here: http://freemotionquilting.blogspot.com/2011/12/day-364-flowing-leaves.html

qult design by Leah Day

Whoo Hoo! Here’s design #365 – Infinity Tree: http://freemotionquilting.blogspot.com/2011/12/day-365-infinity-tree.html

qult design by Leah Day - tree life

note: Someday I will make a quilt and use this design… LOVE IT.


The following picture is the quilt I want to finish sooner before later!

Music-Note quilt

Below is picture before the border was added, I believe you can better see the color.



5 thoughts on “QUILTING–re-motivation, new skill, recuperating hand, and sooner than later to finish a recently pieced quilt for a granddaughter!”

  1. Hello! I LOVE the design of the quilt you made for your granddaughter, and would like to try something similar! How did you make the squares with the large music notes?

    1. Emily, Here’s my attempt.
      I decided what size block I wanted and then CUT out the black material and ADDED the light green border. Then SQUARED and BLOCKED each block to a specific size (size depends on what you want, I think mine were 12-inch squares).
      My free-handed notes were first DRAWN on freezer paper so I could see if I liked the size and shape of the notes. I did not want an exact circle as a note so I drew several before I decided what I wanted. After deciding which notes to use, I cut a note template out of the freezer paper.
      I used either white or black material for the notes and followed directions as to how to use bonding material (light weight). I ATTACHED this material to the white or black material and then TRACED and cut out each note. NOTE: had to consider the mirror effect to make sure the note would appear in the correct direction on the block!
      Next I IRONED each note onto the block. Finally, I MACHINE STITCHED using the button hole stitch around the edges of each note.
      I hope this makes since, it sure is easier to show than to write directions!!

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