I just realized it’s Hip To Piece Square’s birthday today! I’ve somehow made it a year talking about not much more than just quilts and quilting. Are you guys still really still interested in reading about this stuff?? Anyway, here’s to another year of quilt talk! I can’t tell you how much fun it’s been for me to keep this up–I’ve loved getting to know quilters and crafters from all across the country. You all make writing this blog a lot of fun. Thanks to everyone who’s read for the past year, and I look forward to talking to all of you who haven’t posted yet–I love hearing what people think of what I’m doing and what people are doing in their own art.

A quick post otherwise: this past week I took a little break from quilting one day to make my friend, Kate, a little gift. I used wool felt (which I think is just the most fun stuff ever) and put together a little pouch.

orange pouch

It seems like everyone is making these pouches lately, and I thought I try one for myself. I have to say, that little zipper is kinda tricky! I hand stiched it in, and it seemed alright to do. Hopefully it won’t fall apart on her once she gets it though.

And if you aren’t on the receiving end of a wedding quilt by me, click on to see the quilting in progress!

I started quilting this week, and although I’ve been happy with the quilting pattern, I’m not so happy about the quality of my stitches. They’re not even, they’re not always straight, and I just don’t think that I’m doing that well on them. But okay for me, they look okay in this picture:

Up Close and Personal With Quilting

Maybe I’m just being too picky. Good news though, I’m right on schedule with its progress. I’m hoping to have it finished by the start of June, because I’d like to enter it in the fair (begin strumming your banjos and roll up your coveralls!) at the end of July. Mmm… I’m sure our friends will love getting a quilt that smells like pigs, carnies, and elephant ears all at once!

8 Thoughts on “Happy Birthday

  1. That’s a great quilting pattern you chose– I haven’t seen it before, and it complements your block well. Stitches look good to me!

  2. Happy Birthday! As for your quilt, it looks great. I love the quilting design you’ve chosen. I always have fits when I start to pick out the quilting design. As for your stitches, I’ve found that my first ones are usually the roughest, then I just get back in the groove and things even out in their own way. Don’t sweat it, they look really good.

  3. Sparkling Water on April 11, 2005 at 2:59 pm said:

    I love your quilt! The colors complement each other. I.m glad to talk to another quilter. I love, love, love quilting. I’m making my granddaughter a wall quilt. It is mostly pink with touches of maroon and blue. I just finished all the blocks and I am getting ready to set it with lattice. I am going to try to machine quilt it although I never tried before. Last night I finally completed an Amish triangle top. I have an old quilt made out of 1940’s and 1950’s material. My ex-mother-in-law gave it to me. It is not quilted. I would like to have it professional quilted, but do not know where to go. Well, enough of me. Keep on quilting!Good luck.

  4. Sarah, I’m always so inspired by your quilting patterns…do yyou come up with them onyour own? what are you using for inspiration..they are so atypical of what I usually see.

  5. Sarah on April 11, 2005 at 6:50 pm said:

    Yeah, the quilting pattern is original. Our friend Ryan came up with this one, along with the one for my Granny. He’s been able to look at my quilts and tell me best how to design the quilting. I like doing that because it’s something that I know no one else will have…plus I get stumped when trying to pick quilting patterns! Thanks for the compliments, ladies!

  6. Happy birthday, and of course we’re still interested in reading about your quilting!! I just found your blog recently, and love reading it!

  7. And a very happy birthday to Miss Blogger Extraordinare as well!!

  8. Hi, I just stumbled upon your blog and it is lovely. the little pouch is cute.

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