Friday, March 20, 2009

My third quilt : Churn Dash Blocks

I've finished my third quilt top for a week and decided to hand quilt. It's queen size. I’ve never seen the real stand quilt frame before as I’m a new quilter (seriously). When I get the quilt frame as dissembled pieces I have no clue how to put them together. Thanks for my lovely ladies, Ida, Gale, Nancy, Joyce who helped me put them all together. However, couple screws are missing ;-( So far I still couldn’t hand quilt my project.

After spending many hours to create and update 2 blogs. I found an interesting thing from my ‘Thai blog’. There are a lot of Thai ladies who are quilting. They have a little virtual community over there through A lot of tutorials were posted yet my Thai folks still wants to learn more about quilting. I’m glad to live in Tennessee and belong to a really lovely quilt guild. I’m surrounded by my lovely ladies. My new knowledge and skills are also extended to the other friends back in Thailand as well. How nice it is! I have friends here and there through making quilt.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

My second and third quilt

I've been away from my blog for a month to upload another blog in Thai. I was impressed to learn that many Thais are interested in quilting as well. Over there, in Thailand, Japanese and Australian quilting styles seem more popular than American quilting.

Well … I’ve finished my second and started my third quilt top. The second one was log cabin blog. I got an inspiration from ‘crazymomquilts’. Amanda Jean is fabulous! I love most of her quilts.

My log cabin quilt

The third quilt top, I got an inspiration from Tennessee State Museum. There is a room designated for quilting where many quilt blocks from the frontier women are displayed. I picked ‘churn dash’ block and wish to replicate an old style quilt. Later I went to Kentucky and found a bundle of repro fabrics. Then there was no reason to delay my third quilt top project.

I always wish to hand quilt my project but it takes two months just to take a look with my intimidation. Will take forever (for me) to hand quilt? Finally, I went to my quilt guild and asked for suggestion. My two quilt tops are now with a longarm quilter. It’s a happy ending.

I’m thinking to buy a new sewing machine. I just need any model which has free motion function. Of course it shouldn’t be too expensive. Since I started, I spent all of my allowance for fabrics and know that more will be purchased every month. Oh no!

Please feel free to drop me comments if you have suggestion regarding sewing machine.