Friday, January 12, 2018

What to Quilt and Where????

Not to be boastful but I do have a lot of quilting books. Here I am showing several that I have accumulated. That is all well and good but honestly I have these books and I have not done one bit of custom quilting or anything that could be called custom or even free-hand for that matter. I have done a little bit of playing around on scrap fabric and, yes, I have done loops and other very simple designs as an all-over pattern and maybe that does count a little bit. The thing is that I seem to be in a place where I buy the books in hopes that it will translate into skill and, of course, that doesn't happen. Just looking at the books doesn't automatically bestow skill - there definitely needs to be lots of practice.

I want to do some easy custom quilting on the quilt top that I made for the New Year's Day mystery - Scrappy Friends. Can you tell that I am fretting over it. I looked and looked in my quilting books and there was nothing in there that actually told me what design to quilt in which block in my quilt. Don't get me wrong, these are fabulous books written by some very talented quilters. It is just that they really are reference books to give ideas and to show how to execute the designs but they do not actually tell me what to do!

I am determined to learn how to do some simple custom quilting and I know that my first work will definitely look like a beginner did it but then I am a beginner and I am nervous but excited. We all have to start somewhere and the first thing is to figure out what to quilt where!!

5 comments:

Chantal said...

Every expert was once a beginner. The first step is the hardest to make. Sometimes we win; sometimes we learn. We learn from mistakes. Hardship builds character. Grab the bull by the horns. Need I say more? Just jump in, you'll learn to swim as you go. Don't be so hard on yourself. Just enjoy the process. You can do this. I have faith in you. ;^)

Kate said...

Learning a new skill is an adventure and any good adventure (at least the ones that have good stories) always have some misadventures along the way. Good luck (and may you not have too many "good" stories from the process).

scraphappy said...

Good luck getting started with your custom quilting. Even quilting that seems like beginner quilting while we are working on it always seems to look good when the quilt it done. Being to worried about the outcome can be a big barrier to overcome. Have fun! I think that is why we do this after all.

Katie said...

I hear you! I, too, have many books. If someone would just write that one that tells us what to quilt where... instant millionaire I tell ya! I'm pushing through the learning myself, and have to stop myself from falling back to my favorite all-over swirls, but it is getting easier and I'm pretty pleased with some of my more recent results. You can do it!!!

Edith said...

This is such a pretty quilt. I'm just starting to think about trying some custom quilting, and after a few years of long-arm quilting I think I might be able to start. I was always afraid to try on customer quilts, but I'm willing to experiment on my own.