A while back, Quiltmaker announced that we were looking for QM readers to work on a one-time project. We selected eight women as the Back to School Sewing Team. I’m happy to introduce them this week.
Julie made not one but two quilts in fabrics from Northcott. She followed our instructions precisely for version #1.
She wondered if maybe the pinwheels were getting lost. She had plenty of fabric left so she tried a different layout. Rather than have two ‘print’ pinwheels in the same column next to two ‘solid’ pinwheels in the next column, she alternated the print and solid pinwheels. Then she used one of the bold prints for the centers of the blocks, and the other for the sashing.
You can see that just changing the placement of the exact same fabrics yields a totally different look. Amazing!
You’ll find Julie’s blog at The Thread Engineer. She came to quilting in a rather unusual way…
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I started sewing when I was about 12. I made my little sister a smock with lots of different pockets that she could put her craft supplies in. I don’t think I would call it sewing—more like engineering with fabric and a sewing machine. Later I would become an engineer.
I was into home dec and crafting, usually trying to figure out how to make something without a pattern. My college roommate made a beautiful pink log cabin quilt as a wedding present for my husband and me. Quilting was never on my radar before that.
That wedding quilt is what started my quilting journey. My husband, Kelly, is who started my journey. “You could make a quilt like that.” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that from Kelly. Our first quilt was made in 1988 – a double Irish chain machine pieced and quilted.
My most vivid memory of creating that quilt is Kelly sitting on the other side of the dining room table pulling the full-sized quilt through the sewing machine as I pushed from the other side! Kelly has been my partner in crime for many quilts, usually as my cheerleader and sounding board, but often as the presser.
I encourage all quilters to set up the ironing board in front of the TV and teach their husbands what an iron is.
I realize how lucky I am!
The best quilting moments are when the recipient receives their quilt. You spend hours and hours on a quilt, thinking about them while you’re creating—anticipating how it will be received. The best quilting moments are the giving moments. It’s when your one-year old finally gets his baby quilt and wraps it around himself laughing. It’s when your sister opens her wedding quilt gift. It’s donating a charity quilt for someone in need. And, it’s finally finishing a quilt for yourself—not a gift for someone else—and putting it on your own bed.
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Treat yourself to new scissors for Back to School sewing—these are my favorites: