Saturday, October 10, 2009

Hello Betty Quilt now at Home

Park City Girl is hosting her second on-line quilt festival. I've been enjoying the work others do and commenting--mostly thanking them for inspiration. Then I thought, I'll help some newcomer feel good. This big block of Hello Betty by Moda is what I sent along for my sister-in-law's birthday. It was simple--use a layer cake to border a big cut of a favorite pattern and you're almost done. The other side has a center made of layer cake blocks and is bordered by brown. What I love is that it is on her couch in her livingroom.

This was my second quilt. I love that while I was basting it, my daughter found a marker and left her own little impression. Quilting has taught me to embrace imperfections. I'm certain, many manage the perfection required of the intricate patterns, but I'm better with the charm or the strip. I do my best and I make it with love. I know my mother would be tearing out pieces that I let stay. Her work would be perfect. Her quilts would be amazing. My quilts are the best I can do right now.

23 comments:

Zonnah said...

Mine are never perfect! But I think that is what is so wonderful about quilts :) Yours is beautiful!

Sarah said...

Thanks for sharing your quilt. Your daughter's contribution only makes it more endearing. Think of the wonderful story that will follow this quilt. ~ Sarah

Shawn said...

I love Hello Betty, charm packs , layer cakes and your quilt! Thanks for sharing.

LauraJ said...

excellent words of wisdom for making quilts. embrace the imperfects. no one else will even know they are there!

Jean said...

Very pretty....love the simplicity. With young ones, you have to take your time when you can find it and make the most of it.
Thanks for your kind words on my blog also!

Alyson said...

I am embracing pre-cut fabric too, it just makes the quilt go together faster. I love that we are creating things with love and you are right, they don't have to be perfect! So glad I found your blog...I'll be following! :)

MLE said...

Hey! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Your quilt is so cute; thanks for sharing. I saw on your profile that you are a former English teacher. I'm currently an English teacher!! I teach 9th grade, and I have taught 8th grade in the past. Glad to have found you!

Ariane said...

I love it. The fabric is so nice and I love simple designs. We all start somewhere and I've never made a perfect quilt since I've started sewing. I embrace my imperfections. They make my quilts original.

Kaye Prince said...

Hello Betty is awesome, have at least one charm pack on it's way to my house right now! I love what you did with this quilt - I also share my second (and first) quilt in my Festival post. Keep up the great work!

Aimee said...

What a great idea. It is simple and beautiful at the same time. What could be better?

Jodie said...

I know so are very close, but me I am way from perfection, but just love the relaxation I get from quilting. I love this simple Idea. I actually won a Hello Betty layer cake, so I might very well use your idea to make a gift with it. Thanks for the inspiration

SarahVee said...

I like your quilt. I like that someone else thinks about what they could have done better.:)I like that you left it 'as is made with love' That's why I keep quilting! Thanks for sharing.

NiCoLe said...

Quilts don't need to be perfect. Just enjoy making them and showing you love the people you make them for. You also learn along the way and become better. Besides, I hate stitch ripping!

Allie said...

Beautifully done!

Kristin said...

That's the thing I love about quilts! Clothes have to be practially perfect, but quilts don't. :) Very cute...I love Hello Betty!

kathy said...

I love your quilt! I admire the precision of some of the intricate quilts I see, but I'm with you, I just live with my mistakes!

Katie B. said...

You did a fantastic job on this quilt! I love that Hello Betty fabric. Must. Buy.

mjb said...

I think it's a great start to quilting!

duckyhouse said...

Imperfections are sometimes the best attributes of any quilt. I think your quilt is lovely and filled with love and care. :)

AnnieO said...

That is called "custom distressing"...at least that is what I say when people notice glitter nail polish and Sharpie spots on my dining room table or claw marks on my leather couch! Very sweet quilt and obviously well loved. Thanks for sharing your quilt's story.

Leslie said...

i love this...and the idea to do the back as well so it reverses is awesome. i love this line of fabric

Rene' said...

Great quilt. I am sure your sister in law loves it. Thanks for sharing.

sew katie did said...

It looks lovely. I spent my life with a quilting mother and I'm the perfectionist, she not. I love this line of fabrics.