Saturday, August 28, 2010

Quilting Party!

My mother-in-law organized a quilting party for a bunch of us girls to get together and get creative (and of course eat some food!).  It was a ton of fun, but we were all exhausted at the end of the night (well, beginning of the next morning, really).  We sewed from 6pm-1:30am.  That's 7 and a half hours of straight sewing.  Whew!  

Of course I took my Flip video camera and recorded a little bit throughout the night.  Here's us at the very beginning of the evening after we had done the first part of our blocks.  Mine are the white flowers with pink and yellow fabrics.  

The soup tureen that I'm laughing at was a wedding gift we received from a very distant relative.  We thought it was kind of ugly and weird, so we re-gifted it in a "Bad Santa" exchange with the family last year.  Apparently, my husband's Aunt Karen liked it enough to hold onto it.  (She's the one in the purple top).  

And this is my fabulous sis-in-law, Mandy.  We were so tired at this point.  
Here's my husband's cousin, Nicole, holding the quilt my mom-in-law made out of the scraps from each of our quilts. 

A planning session for Karen's quilt.  We all started with the same blocks, and situated them any way we wanted to.  It was neat to see the different patterns everyone came up with.  
Nicole's quilt.
My quilt.  It's actually a lot brighter in person, but my phone's camera didn't pick it up very well.  
This is a little bit closer to the colors.  

So that's what I did with my Friday evening.   
What about you?  Do you quilt or sew? Knit or crochet?  I would love to hear from some of my crafty readers! 


  1. This is so cool! I've always wanted to make my own quilt! :) I know how to knit and crochet, and i've been working on a crochet blanket for myself and my bf to use! :D

    -Christina <3

    p.s. make sure you check out my giveaway luv! ;)

  2. Wow! Now this is my kind of party! I don't quilt, yet, but I'm just about to start making one.

    Seems like you all had a great time and yours is so pretty. I'm keen on pink, so I love it a lot. Great patching. Thanks for sharing!

  3. That is so very impressive. I so not quilt, but know people that do and it is so amazing how quickly they come together and how beautiful they are. Thanks for sharing.

  4. That's so awesome! I sew and do other crafty things and am planning my first quilt right now.

    What's one thing you wish you knew about quilting before you made your first quilt? I'm looking for tips :)

  5. I love your quilt. You should make some and sell them. I really like the color palette you chose. Sadly, I don't know how to knit, crochet or do anything like that. I say it's sad because my dad is a great tailor and my mom was a seamstress, and I'm pretty useless when it comes to making anything.

  6. These are beautiful pics....sounds like so much fun!! Winter is coming in MI.....a quilt would be fab!

  7. How beautiful! I've always wanted to make a quilt. My friend taught me how to sew and my mother in-law gave me a sewing machine, but I haven't really attempted much. I do knit and crochet, so I view sewing as my final frontier.

  8. Christina - I have tried to crochet a few times, and I can never quite get the hang of it. I always end up with my stitches too tight to continue. lol.

    Eve - We did have a ton of fun! I can't wait to see how your quilt comes out. I know you are super crafty, so I'm sure you'll have no problem with it.

    Zippy - It is always very cool to see how a quilt goes from one block to an entire finished piece. Thanks for the comment!

    Rebecca - Hmmm. . . .I guess I wished I had known that any mistakes I make are not the end of the world and are usually pretty easy to fix. When I started, I was so scared of messing up that it took some of the enjoyment out of it for me. Good luck with your first quilt!

    Maria - I'm not sure I'm good enough to sell them yet, but thank you for such a sweet comment. I've tried knitting (with some success) and crochet (with no success) before, but quilting is the one thing I really enjoy and am decent at.

    Collette - Oh yeah, it's already starting to cool down here in Ohio too. I've given away all my other quilts that I've made, so I'm keeping this one to snuggle on the couch with.

    Lisa - Thank you! You should try it! It's really much easier than it looks if you start out with a simple scrap pattern. I just started sewing a little over a year and half ago. Before that I had never touched a sewing machine in my life.

  9. I wish I had the space for quilting! I barely have room to sew. I'm only okay at sewing. I'm much better at baking and and things like photography, make-up and hair curling.