Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Little Bits.

I don't really have a ton of stuff to say, but I have some pictures, and I think that might be enough to do a blog post. Prepare for the random!Item number one: I have been working on a City News quilt for a while, since the Cherri House workshop I took in October. It has been slow going, for a number of reasons, but the biggest one is that I was doing it as a sample for work. Which, is fine, but the way my brain works, the second that I HAVE to finish something, is the minute that I start avoiding that something, however pleasant it may be. Self-sabotage much? The other big holdup was that I was terrified to quilt it, seeing as it's the largest thing I have ever quilted. I know it can be done, awesome people do it all the time, but I was super intimidated by it. FORTUNATELY, I know people. Robin, a friend from the quilt shop I work at, offered to teach me how to use her long-arm, and let me do the quilt at her house. I have long harbored ambitions of doing some longarm quilting, and hope to some day take lessons from the awesome Angela as well, so I jumped at the offer. It was awesome. Like seriously, it was amazing to have that kind of freedom when quilting. At first it was terrifying, but once I got into a rhythm, it was just the best. thing. ever. Also, Robin is just fabulous to hang out with, and her house and studio are amazing, and I got to eat bean soup and cornbread and drink Taiwanese tea with she and her mother. It was the best. And I am really happy with the way the quilting turned out, despite the shaky start!Next item on the list: I have a dog, and he is adorable. Also, I have the most self-indulgent pet-photo blog ever.And these pictures, they are the result of me wandering around the house and craft room. Really no point to them at all. Slowly getting over the Januaries, plan on rocking it in the Februaries, folks.

12 comments:

moshiecreations said...

I think you did a fabulous job quilting that! Congrats on the first time long-arm experience. Makes you want to buy one, eh?

katie s. said...

i'm ridiculous. my first thought - omg i want to play with a longarm machine! my second thought - maybe i should actually make a quilt first. sigh!!!!

Chveya said...

cool. it turned out beautifully!!

rachel said...

OMG, you've disposed of the cat! What did you do with him? I am bereft.....

melimba said...

Hi Lauren!
I don't know how I found your blog? Maybe when Kim Kight put something on True Up a while back about you? Regardless, I just wanted to let you know I am a fan of your blog and your delightful fabric designs!
You are talented, girl!---And, really funny.
Two things I appreciate!

Mega props on the quilting! I am terrified of doing such a thing, and you made it sound pretty great. Maybe one day...

Anyway, thought I'd say "hey!" and "Good Work" at the same time!
Best,
melis

C. Jaeger said...

Love your quilting! You have good quilting instincts.

Mary Anne said...

Lauren - Is that the same quilt you were piecing just 3 days ago at Sewing Sunday? It turned out AWESOME! I love your quilting design!

BTW...Robin is AWESOME TOO.

amelia studio said...

That City News pattern is possibly the coolest quilt ever. That may actually get me to make a quilt for myself one day, and not just for my kids. I can't wait to see yours -- I love the colors I see there.

emptybobbins said...

Yeah! I am so excited to see pictures. It's exactly like you described yesterday- "just looper." It looks great!

Now I am actively searching for a place here to rent some longarm time. This post pushed me over the edge!

Patchwork Architect said...

So jealous...you beat me to the finish line btw.

Jenny @ Anything Pretty said...

Love the quilting on this one! I agree with Shea....just like you described!

Jan said...

I popped by your blog, vie teaginny. I've just put you in my reader, because I like what I saw. BTW, we have two Cairns at our house.