Wednesday, August 13, 2008

I am such a chicken

I have a great blogger friend, Amandajean, over at Crazy Mom Quilts, who makes the nicest quilts in the world. Really.
She inspires me so much, and I have been telling her for a very, very long time that I was going to make a monochromatic quilt like this one.
Well, I hate to brag, but that quilt is mine now. She is not only amazing at what she does, she is very generous. We love the quilt.

My plan was to make a monochromatic quilt, using whites, ivory and coffee colors. I got really overwhelmed because I have some really small scraps, and I just can't wrap my head around such a huge project.


So I don't have a monochromatic quilt, I don't even have a quilt. It is a blanket, just a blanket. I was really determined, then really nervous about quilting, and binding it.



Maybe someday. Amandajean and I have talked several times about how much fun it would be if we lived next to each other. If we did, I bet she would teach me a thing or two. Maine, and Wisconsin are so far away from each other....

23 comments:

QuiltedSimple said...

That blanket is so pretty - bite the bullet and just do it! Love the colors in it!
Kris

Regi said...

Its beautiful Katie... but i understand the fear, Maddys quilt is not quilted either... perhaps after we move and I have more time and a bit of courage. *smiles*

I really enjoy reading Amandajean's blog as well... small blog-iverse eh?

APA said...

Quilting is next on my list of things to learn to do. I worked on one several years ago for a professional fundraiser with a former co-worker who was the quilter and did beautiful work. We even had the guys helping. What a blast! Unfortunately we've lost touch & no longer live nearby. Maybe here on the 'net I can learn a few things? I can at least read and see beautiful things. Thanks! And I've no doubt you'll quilt that pretty blanket soon.

Heather said...

Oh, I totally love it! And I love Amanda Jean's quilts. All of them, stunning! I can't even tell you how many quilt tops I've finished that have yet to be quilted!

Elise said...

The girls in my Bible study and I made a quilt for another one of the girls. I thought it was so much fun. A bit much to do on my own maybe. I almost want to try one. Your blanket is so pretty. I am sure you can do it.
Elise

Sandy said...

It is so pretty. Quilts can be quite a daunting thought...such a big project in my eyes.
I love Amanda Jean's quilts, I can't wait to see yours completed too.

Shannon said...

I am with you on the quilting. I have a million ideas but I just can't seem to tackle it. Since I just started sewing last fall, I am not overly concerned but I would just love a handmade quilt. Lucky you for getting one of Amandajean's!

Beautiful blanket by the way.

Rory said...

Well your blanket is very nice. My advice....cheat. Have it quilted. I spent a week designing and cutting and sewing the patches together and then the quilt sat around for months. Then I found a lady that quilted for me (CHEAP TOO!) and she even did the binding. I can't tell you the exhilaration of picking up a finished quilt. I still squeal on the inside when I see it.

I love amandajean's quilts. I am so jealous of her skill and ability to crank them out like a factory. But I say....have them quilted for you!

Steph said...

I've never taken the quilting plunge, but I hope to someday!

SMF.sportychic said...

Oh what an amazing quilt top, you can totally finish it, and you have all of us rooting for you!

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

What a pretty blanket - love those colours! Looks like you are ready to take the plunge into making a quilt!

Blaynexox said...

The blanket is beautiful! I have always wanted to quilt too .. but my mind cannot seem to process such a big project either. I'm working my way up in baby steps. I think your blanket came out absolutely beautiful .. quilt or not, its gorgeous! :)

Munchkins and Music said...

I love quilts. I need to make one. Thanks for inspiring me!

At Home Mommy Knits said...

I have quilt squares sitting in a pile on my sewing table (where they have been for the last 9 months or so) and someday I hope to take the plunge and make a quilt. You are very talented and shold just go for it :)

Marcia said...

Your blanket is lovely and will get much use I bet. Love that Amandajean...she is so inspiring.
I took a basic quilting class at a local shop. I'm not sure my quilt a long would have turned out as nice if I hadn't learned about cutting and pressing seams before.
You always make such wonderful things.

Hilary said...

Quilting is still such a wonder to me...

And quilt or no quilt, your blanket is gorgeous!

elliebelle said...

I think your blanket is great! No need to feel bad. :)

amandajean said...

your blanket is beautiful! and yes, Maine and Wisconsin are much much too far away. :(

sewstylish said...

How beautiful. Lucky you to have gotten it. I too have three kids, love to sew,quilt,read,and knit. I also will be turning 33 this October so here's to another great blog finding.

Me said...

Oh it's just beautiful! I understand your fear....don't beat yourself up....sometimes the fear of getting it wrong stops us from acheiving what we can actually do. Either way lovely...well done!

house on hill road said...

that amanda jean is something, isn't she? your blanket looks great!

tiennie said...

It's wonderful! I'm getting the itch to quilt again!

lucky knitter said...

I love how you combined the chenille and the embroidery with the flowered fabric. It really gives it a vintage look. Just beautiful!