Saturday, November 29, 2008

My first sewing post...

My parents recently visited for Thanksgiving and brought down some quilts I dropped off at my favorite quilter couple in Carson City back in October. They were my favorite quilter couple until they revealed the price to me. Let's just say it was hundreds of dollars more than I thought. Now I am forced to find a new quilting service, and it isn't easy because everyone charges too much! I feel especially stupid about the whole ordeal because I didn't ask for a price estimation. I've taken about three quilts to them before, and they've never chaged me over $80 a quilt. My plan of partially retiring by age 28 needs to happen soon so that I can buy myself a quilting machine and start my own biz. I haven't yet figured out why buying this machine would have to coincide with my partial retirement, but that's just the way it is.

Anywho... here is a picture of one of the quilts (I sent off three) that I got back. It's my favorite quilt I've ever made! It's a huge Irish Chain. I enlarged the pattern from the book because even though it was a queen sized pattern, our pillow-top mattress necessitates enlarging quilts, or else they look stupid by not even reaching the bottom of the mattress.

But isn't it fabulous? I still have to put the edging on. Hopefully I'll have it finished before Christmas, but I'm not making any promises. Notice the cute flowers quilted into the plain white part! I love those gosh-darned money-gouging Carson City-ites! Why did they have to triple their prices?

And then we have the quilt I made for my grandma. It's just a log cabin, but I love the colors and patterns on the fabrics. The quilters also did a great job on this one. I kinda want to keep it... but I won't. I initially set out to choose "greens" and "goldens" as my colors. I decided to throw in a dash of burgundy as well. These are the colors with which my grandma mainly decorates. I made her a wall-hanging last year, and after she opened the gift, she hinted, "I would really like a big one..." I assumed she meant a quilt, not a gigantic wall-hanging, but maybe I'll be in for a surprise on Christmas Day.

I know you're all dying for more quilter info and pictures, so here is a close-up of some of the quilting detail on this baby!

I definitely have to have this one done by Christmas, for obvious reasons, so I need to get the binding sewn on as soon as possible; however, it's way more fun to sew Christmas stockings. I will try to prioritize.

6 comments:

goooooood girl said...

your blog is very good......

Mama T said...

Just surfing through and wanted to tell you how beautiful your quilts are! I'm in a crafts group and they're currently quilting with Japanese materials (I just cut the squares & appliques-haha!). Keep on blogging!

ps-I've got a chihuahua also!

heatlight said...

Wow, remember the days when I helped you tie a quilt on your living room floor? You've come along way, Baby!

I know a lady from church who has a quilt shop. I can give you her number if you want to check out her prices.

Gloria said...

I cannot stress how beautiful your quilts are and thank you for sharing your passion with me and letting me make one with you, it was a great honor :P

Gloria said...

"it's just a log cabin" ??? What is that suppose to mean? You're hurting my feelings, I also made a log cabin! :(

kate said...

I can hear retirement calling you..... nice job on the stockings. I am feeling the need to sew something now:)