Sunday, April 25, 2010

Quilting Again



by Leann

I have not made a quilt in a long time. I have been overwhelmed by the task of getting books in on time. It really does seem to be all I do. Don't get me wrong, I love writing and will be doing it for as long as I can fit words together to make a story. But because of the fatigue illnesses, it does take all my energy.

But for some reason--call it crazy--I decided that for the charity auction coming up at the mystery convention I am attending next week, I would make two little quilts like the kind my heroine Jillian Hart makes for cats. Since my sister was visiting, I asked her to help me. I swear, that was the smartest move I've ever made. See, she actually has energy. So she pushed me to go to the store for fabric, get out the sewing machine and get to work.

Besides, she wanted to learn. She can sew--beautifully--but she doesn't quilt. It's too different things. Many don't understand that. One thing she does along with sewing, however, is paint. Watercolors, mostly. So she's good at looking at something and turning into her own on paper. She designed a little quilt and we went with it. But her visit was short and though we got most of the pieces together for the small quilt top, we didn't finish while she was here. But now that one we started is done except for the binding. And I have to say, it felt good to get lost in putting even a little quilt together. Even though I don't really have the time--I should be finishing a book--I made this commitment to the charity auction and will see it through. So below is the little quilt I thought I couldn't make.
It's not quite done yet, but what do you think? (The other one will be in browns and golds and not quite so "asrtsy-fartsy.") But this one was fun.

21 comments:

Mare F said...

I think that it's great. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with artsy-fartsy. LOL. Very interesting combination of colors and patterns.

Andrea C. said...

I wish I could quilt. Someone tried to teach me once but time and life got in the way...I think it is so cool to create something that would make such a personal gift or that will be in the family forever!

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Mare and Andrea. This one was fun. I've never made a quilt quite like this. Hopefully someone will think it's worth bidding on. (And quilting isn't that hard if you learn from some real pros like I did.)

Mason Canyon said...

I've made one quilt in my life. I made it for my best friend and haven't tried it again. I enjoyed doing it and have a much greater appreciation for anyone who does it.
Love the quilt you're making.

Mason
Thoughts in Progress

Leann Sweeney said...

thanks Mason. I wish I had my sister's "math head" with me as I try to finish the OTHER quilt. Why did I promise 2? CRAZY!!!!!!!

Denise Swanson said...

Leann,

The quilt is lovely! Wish I was going to be at Malice to bid on it.

Leann Sweeney said...

thanks Denise. I wish you we're going to be there, too!

Dru said...

That is beautiful. Is that embroidery surrounding the kitty? I like it. I may have to appropriate your design. What is the dimension?

Leann Sweeney said...

If I'd had more time, I wanted to hand stitch around the cat--I love to embroider--but instead I just did a fancy machine stitch around it in red. It is small--just about cat size--20x20. Otherwise I would be now going insane as I make the other one. Maybe I can post a picture of that one today. If I remember, I will bring the pattern my sister made to Malice.

Ingrid King said...

This is gorgeous!

Heather Webber said...

I love it, too, Leann. Wish I had a cat. :)

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks folks. It's not that great but it will be DONE and someone will like it--I hope. I made a King size appliqued, hand-quilted one for my daughter's dance team fundraiser raffle. That was way back when I had energy. Then I bought a bunch of raffle tickets hoping to win it back! I didn't. The person who did bought one ticket. Sigh.

Vicki said...

How cute! I love the cat! I would love to try my hand at quilting, but life gets so busy when you work full time and have so many other things to do. Maybe one day!

Ritaestelle said...

Well done Leann! It will fetch a tidy sum at the auction I am sure :)

Leann Sweeney said...

I hope so. It's a great cause.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

I love this! V. jealous of your talent with quilting though. My dogs would love to steal it from some cat, so they're jealous too. I'll have to bid on it.

It's lovely of you to donate this beautiful cat quilt to the auction, Leann.

MJ

Leann Sweeney said...

AW, thanks MJ. It's small pet size! 20x02. And there are TWO quilts, not one. I am finishing up the second one today--it's in brown and gold batiks. I hope people will bid on them! Don't know if they will be in live auction or silent. These are the first quilts I've done in several years so it's kind of mental victory.

Sarah said...

I'm always in awe of anyone with a craft-y skill! Your quilt is beautiful.

Sarah

Leann Sweeney said...

Thank you Sarah. Quilting is a teacher. You learn a lot about patience and that mistakes will happen no matter how hard you try to be perfect. I wish I had more time for my quilts!

Vickie said...

Aww...I like your quilt!!

Jan said...

I like the kitty quilt, it's great! I can't quilt worth a c***, so .....