Monday, August 19, 2013

Princeton Girl

This is my inaugural post into the blogging world.  

I am Feeling Sew Blessed to have supportive friends and family.  A very special thanks to all my blogging friends for their encouragement. 

A little bit about me...I am a self taught sewer and quilter.  I have been sewing since I was in high school (let's just say a long time ago).  I have only been quilting on and off for about 13 years.  I got into quilting when my son was little thanks to my dear friend Vicki. 

I recently got the "quilting bug" last fall after sending my son off to college.  In November 2012, I attended a fabulous class at Pennington Quilt Works taught by one of my favorite modern quilters, Weeks Ringle of Modern Quilt Studio and Craft Nectar.  I then began accumulating a stash and started making quilts.  

I love to design, pick out the fabrics and sew the quilt tops.  I generally send my quilts out to a long armer, usually to Diana at Twin Oaks Machine Quilting who does a great job.  I have not yet mastered more than straight line machine quilting on my personal machine, but I'm getting there. 

For my first post, I wanted to show you a special quilt I recently made for a very special young lady, my cousin Addy.  Although Addy is only 10 and lives in Kentucky, she has high aspirations of going to college at Princeton University.  Hence, her quilt name of "Princeton Girl".   


I thought it was only fitting to photograph it on the Princeton University campus. 

I made this quilt with 4.5 inch squares of scraps (I had lying around) laid out in a pattern that was pleasing to me.  I sewed 9 blocks together, and then sewed each 9 block to make the top.  Note: I sew all my seams open; I find it lays flatter and is easier to machine quilt.  I then added an extra row at the top and on one side to make it the completed size desired, approx 53"x72"; a generous napping quilt.  

The back is an old Timeless Treasure fabric I had in my stash that pulled in the yellows, purples and pinks from the front blocks. 

I then quilted with straight line stitches on my Viking Lily with Aurifil 50wt in a light purple (2510?) 

I then bound it with a kelly green I used in one of the front blocks.  It framed it out nicely.

I think it came out great.  Don't you?

I can't wait to show you more.  I hope you'll continue to follow me on my quilting and sewing adventures.


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