Wednesday, June 29, 2011

First Quilts

  Growing up my source of material was swatches from men's suit or pants. My father would often bring  bags full, home from work. It was great to have pre-cut pieces, but the color selection was a little drab for a quilt. So in practicing these are the quilts that I started making; these quilts turned out to be more of a "crazy quilt," or a "patch work quilt" pattern. You can see from this picture the running diagonal patterns. I made this when I was 13 yrs old; at the time I only knew how to tie a quilt.  Perhaps not much to look at, but it was a great starting point!  

      I really believe that quilting is something that you can do at any level and with almost any material. From scraps, to beautiful color coordinated kits, all can be made into wonderful quilts. Start quilting with what you have and you will be happily surprised. Collect material from anywhere you can get it, even if you wont be using it in your current project. If it jumps out at you, then it will be easy to incorperate it in other quilts you make. I have had so many generous ladies give me pieces of there collection. I love material, it almost makes me giddy. So use what you have, start anywhere you are, and make a quilt.


I have many techniques to learn, but that's what excites me about quilting. I'm not sure that I could ever feel complacent. I am amazed at the ideas others come up with. Each new style of quilting adds to my joy of accomplishment, and total awe of others.

I've started a very basic quilt for my little girl. I made-up a simple pattern, consisting of Fat Quarters and larger blocks of fabric. I plan to add embellishment this quilt by adding applique flowers and butterflies. To start out I found this website "Sew Momma Sew" . I thought it to be very helpful with tutorials.

This is a picture of her applique lesson.

I also love that it has great free patterns and covers over lapping appliques in lesson 2.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Welcome to Tidbitity

   I wanted to create this site to help others catch the enjoyment of Quilting. There are so many things to learn and an amazing amount to receive. I love how a quilt looks as it comes fresh out of the dryer for the first time! It is a wonderful feeling to know that, you created something from scraps of material, that will be loved for years! I have a great enthusiasm for creating quilts, the effort that it takes to make one and this skill involved is amazing.
    I have to say that there are many professional and qualified teachers to help you on your way. I am not a professional or technically qualified. I have taken a few basic classes and with that developed my own style. I have learned how to quilt by quilting, and  I love it!  I hope I am not your only source of knowledge. I just hope that I am your biggest supporter! I would love to see the amazing things that come from your hands. Let me help you think of your next quilt; start on your first Baby quilt, or even direct you to places on the internet that I have found helpful. 
   Thanks for joining me; send me pictures of your work. Ask any questions you can and become a follower. 
Come back soon.