Friday, July 20, 2012

Time to think

Every summer, while away on vacation, I get a little contemplative.  I think it's because the pace of my daily life slows down considerably and I actually have a chance to stop and THINK. This year my thoughts were steered towards the quilts that I make and specifically how I quilt them.  I realized that I seem to stick to 2 basic styles. Wavy lines:

and grids:


  While I do this because I really like the simplicity of them, I think it's also because I have been afraid to venture into more complex techniques, especially FMQ! Plus I don't want to ruin a perfectly good quilt top with a bad quilting job.
But, one must evolve, so I have set a goal for myself. Starting in September, when the kids are back in school, I will try some new techniques.  And in an effort to gather inspiration, I have created 3 new Pinterest boards: FMQ, Quilting with a Walking Foot, and Hand Quilting (I do enjoy quilting by hand and actually have 2 quilts that I plan on hand quilting).  Feel free to check them out on Pinterest, and if you know of any blogs or sites that might provide inspiration please let me know!