I’ve always admired quilts. They can be absolutely stunning– the colors, the prints, the actual quilting stitches themselves. The richness of quilts, their many layers, always engage and enthrall me. The beauties above are from Kathreen Ricketson’s (Whipup.net) gorgeous book Little Bits Quilting Bee.
In my own personal crafting however, I’ve always believed, or feared, rather, that quilts are too complex, too involved (as if knitting a sweater doesn’t take a long time!). When I see quilting patterns, I can’t help but freeze up at the thought of so many fabric decisions. I love color and pattern combinations and can feel confident with mixing two or three fabrics together, but when you talk about picking out 24! or more to go together, I get kinda panicky. My perfectionist jumps in and I am stalled in an oblivion of decision making. Not to mention, quilts just seem so big.
To make matters worse, since starting the blog, the thought of completing a quilt seems farther away than ever before. Making a quilt just seems too time-intensive. This bothers me. The strong desire to explore quilting further keeps gnawing away at me. I certainly don’t want to ignore quilting here on my blog! I love the art just too much. Not to mention, I originally started this blog so I could carve out time in my life to create and make the things I’ve always wanted to make.
Though I have plenty of other series underway, I decided to pull together a new series that will include thoughts on quilting, as well as simple and easy diy projects for those wanna be quilters inside of us to get our toes wet. It’s called: Sew, You’ve Always Wanted To Quilt. . .
This quilting series is another kind of first, too, as I am inviting guest bloggers on flax & twine for the first time. I have an excellent collection of beautiful quilters to share their talents with you. So, keep your eyes peeled for the button on the right. I will be adding posts as we go, so bear with me as the series fills out. I hope you are as excited as I am to see what’s coming our way!The images above are from Lizzy House‘s studio, which I recently had the privilege of visiting. She is an amazingly talented fabric and quilt designer as you can see. Much, much quilt and fabric envy to be had there. If you’re interested in the quilt on the wall and in the button above, you can buy the gorgeous pattern for The Colorist here. For the one on the chair, you’ll just have to wait as the pattern is under construction as I write!