Two quilts back from the quilter!! I am very happy with these two quilts, as they represent what I hope to do more of in the future. That would be more quilts that take some time and effort, rather than the Yellow Brick Road style of sewing.
Now, there is not one thing wrong in this world with Yellow Brick Road types of quilts. You need to make a gift, you find some super cute fabric, spend a weekend cutting and sewing and voila, you've got a nice quilt as a result. My daughter made five Yellow Brick Road quilts before her wedding and presented one to each of her bridesmaids. Who were absolutely thrilled to get them.
The point I am trying to make, is that I have enough "Make A Quilt In A Weekend" sorts of quilts. Fabric is expensive. Quilting is expensive. I have decided that if I am going to spend the time and money to make lap to bed sized quilts, they are going to be more elaborate affairs. There is some panache to being known as "prolific" in my quilting efforts, but I think it is time to slow down and enjoy the journey more.
The two quilts shown above took me quite some time to construct. Birdeye, on the left is a Miss Rosie's Quilt Company pattern. Let me just say I was making quite a lot of nine patch units with this project! It wasn't terribly complicated sewing, but just a LOT of piecing. Picking out the fabrics was really fun, and allowed me to use up a good deal of my Civil War Reproduction stash. Stargazer, on the left was a pattern in a magazine. I made about nine thousand flying geese units for this quilt top, and had a blast using up my stash of various Fig Tree fabrics from my stash--mostly Allspice Tapestry. Both these quilts were a big time investment, are queen sized, and cost a bundle to have quilted. I am going to be using these quilts on my beds and know they will be enjoyed for a long time, maybe even after I am gone.
But don't worry. I still plan to crank out a lot of projects. Schnibbles are my perfect vehicle for doing some fun piecing, trying out a new fabric collection on a smaller scale, and completing a smaller quilt top that I can machine quilt myself. I am looking forward to that journey too.