Wednesday, May 23, 2007

who needs curtains

I have realized recently that I may very well appreciate a good piece of fabric as much, if not more than, a painting or other piece of art. Some of these Amy Butler prints are works of art all by themselves. And Supper Buzzy? Too much! So on the wall they go. Simple. The fabric speaks for itself. I love the simplicity of this form. I honestly can't remember where I first saw fabrics displayed in this way. Brilliant though. Don't you think? And who needs curtains? I love the light and can't imagine how I could possibly cover the wood blinds and awesome views outside!

I believe I may be taking my first stab at quilting this weekend. Something small. A doll blanket maybe. Any tips? Prayers? Something? I have a walking foot, but NO idea how it works! I may be in over my head.


18 comments:

Lara said...

Gosh, I wish I had an ounce of the creativity you possess. I love those fabric displays.

Yeah, now that school's out, I'm totally looking forward to summer fun in our yards.

Stacy said...

FANTASTIC. Love the fabrics. And, I read so durn many blogs (& yet I whine about not having enough time in each day) that I could totally cite several other folks doing this. I tried. I failed. I need bigger hoops, me thinks. I'm not good with "little" on my walls.

Alicia A. said...

Oooo... cute!

Let me know how it goes with the walking foot. I'm trying to get brave enough to give mine a try too!

Mary said...

I love that idea! Good luck with the quilting. I'm still too intimidated.

erin said...

right there with you on the walking foot...going to try it out next week, i think!

kat said...

cute cute! They look terrific.

I have no idea what a walking foot is, but good luck :)

lera said...

I am planning on making some of those fabric hoops. I really love them. Yours look great.

I offer prayers on your quilt. You just saw how my first attempt turned out. I cannot offer any advice. (And you're one step ahead of me because I don't own a walking foot.)

Stephanie said...

Yep, they look really cool!!
Stephanie
www.mesocrafty.wordpress.com

Sarah and Jack said...

In case it is driving you crazy, the fabric thing started at the Purl Bee. :-)

Start with a doll quilt. Piece together the top. Make the quilt sandwich (top, batting, backing). Quilt it. Add the binding. I use Heather Bailey's binding tutorial. Easy Peasy!

The new Better Homes and Gardens Quilt magazine (I can't quite remember the exact name, but it has a red, yellow and blue quilt on the cover) has very, very good beginner articles in it this month.

Katie Jean said...

Those look lovely!

Yeah I have no idea how to use a walking foot either, so I'm no help! Good luck with the quilt!

Chara Michele said...

Good luck with the quilting! :)

I love that way of displaying fabric, such a great way to have something nice on the wall.

mary said...

Your infinite creativity constantly amazes me. Love the Amy Butler look. Perfect for that wall.

kimberly said...

I saw this idea somewhere too and love it as well... that may help my tall white walls.
and the walking foot will do all the work for you. it is God's gift to women. you won't even believe how easy it is. good luck!

Winter said...

I love those "plates", gorgeous. I am actually a seasoned quilter, didn't know that did you! I have several under my belt, I'd love a diversion right now!

beki said...

I think the most complicated thing about a walking foot is figuring out how to get it on your machine! Once you master that, you're good to go :)
Love you hoops!!

Blitz Krieg said...

We went without curtains in our family room and really like how it works.

We have a bunch of quilts the loving wife's grandmother made many, many years ago. If you like, I could send a couple photos just to give you some ideas. Even though looking at what you have done in the past, I'm sure you won't need any help.

Amanda said...

Your fabric rounds look beautiful! And good luck with your first quilt! How exciting! Don't sweat the walking foot, it's no big deal really. You just need it for the actual quilting (sewing the fabric "sandwich"--fabric front & back, plus batting--together at 3/5/8 inch intervals), not for the piecing. And when you do the quilting, the walking foot does all the work itself, you don't have to think about it! Isn't that great? So really, like Beki said, the hardest part is just putting it on correctly!

Heidi said...

I just visited the Purl store yesterday while in NY for business. That's where the hoop thing started. Good luck with your first quilt!