During my crafting hiatus, I somehow got quilt fever. I spent a lot of time daydreaming about quilts, and a little bit of time pinning inspiring images of quilts. I even enrolled in a Craftsy quilting course.
Way back in the late '90s and early 2000s I also had quilting fever, and I made a few which I gave away as gifts. The few I made were tied, as I discovered that I wasn't crazy about doing either hand or machine quilting. But I sure did love piecing!
At one point, I was a member of a "Fat Quarter Bundle of the Month" club; each month a quilting shop in Oregon sent me a pack of 7 fat quarters in reproduction 1930s prints. I never really used any of them though. The other day when I was digging in my stash boxes, I took them out, along with 2 "scrap packs" - 25 pieces each of all different fabrics.
I've decided to start with the scrap packs. Today I cut them all into 5" x 5" squares. I'm planning on trying this "Disappearing Nine-Patch" technique.
I've always loved the look of modern, random-pieced quilts, but have had a hard time actually designing any. So I'm really loving the Craftsy course. I'm about half way through it, and I've learned so much already. Elizabeth Hartman is a really good teacher, and I actually really like the two projects she's shown so far. I'm planning on using some of my fat quarter bundles to try them out. If you're interested in quilting, but not sure sure how to start, I'd really recommend this class, although I think she only addresses piecing and not the actual quilting.
Honestly, these aren't colors or fabrics I'm very drawn to any more, but I figure it's a free way to try out some of these new techniques. I'm also planning on trying out hand and machine quilting again. The problem I've had in the past is that I like to make BIG quilts! We have a king size bed, so you can imagine that the sheer volume of fabric gets unwieldy.
There are so many amazing quilting fabrics and resources out there these days. Are any of you into quilting? Have you ever tried it?