Happy new year 2011 everyone!
What do you expect of the new year?
I have high expectations :) Of course, there should be more quilts but I also thought that I should share more of my work in progress with you and - more importantly - my handbags.
This blog was originally intended to show the things that I sew for my shop but it somehow turned into a quilting blog. Which isn't bad because as of February last year I love quilting. But selling my handbags allows me to buy more fabric for other handbags and for more quilts :)
That reminds me - October and November last year I was supposed to be on a fabric diet which I apparently totally forgot because I bought more fabric then ever before.
So, this year, no more fabric diets for me! Instead I will try to use my stash but if I absolutely want to buy some new fabric then this shouldn't stand in my way.
And, I am now making quilts for other people. Until right now, I only made baby quilts for others (or for my shop). Other (bigger) quilts stayed with me or my parents. But now that my apartment cannot handle any more quilts, I simply cannot keep them anymore. So, from now on, all of my quilts can be purchased (that is, if they are not meant to be a gift for someone else!).
I am also thinking of opening an etsy store. This might not be a great idea because shipping charges are ridiculously high from Germany but I would love to have a greater audience for them. Right now, it is mostly Germany and we are mostly going for handbags that are constructed in a very clear and simple way which is not as much fun to make :) and most people here do not even know what a quilt is! Crazy, I know!
Now, I need you all to give me some advice. You may remember the star quilt that was supposed to be for a little boy? One side looks like this:
And the other one looks like this (with a lot of pins in it):
I am very uncertain how to quilt it. Most of the time I am just doing some straight line stitching which is fast and looks nice. But this quilt is a bit more special to me, so I want it to be something else.
Now, I already quilted together the star side and the batting thinking that I could just bind the sunny side and the rest together. But that would mean that the threads would show on either side.
Should I unpick the quilting on the star side and just do some normal quilting that shows on both sides? And which pattern should I use? The stars would look a bit weird on the other side, don't you think?
Should I just tie the quilt like I intended to?
And which thread color should I use?
Please share your opinions with me, I am a bit lost here.
Thank you, Johanna