Friday, August 17, 2007

My First Quilt!

I am not a quilter and I don't really know a lot about sewing. In Colombia we do not quilt. Just because of the weather I guess. It does get cold and sometimes it freezes for a couple of hours during the winter time, but never like in Utah.
When I came to the USA seven years ago I was fascinated with the lovely quilts I saw around and looked for something "simple" I could make. I set for a denim quilt made with my husband's discarded denim pants. I collected them over the years and last year the project started. Many many pants later I had a LOT of 8 x 8 squares. The quilt references said I needed 13 x 15 squares 195 of them! Slowly I serged them together and ran out of pants. My friend Kristine collected some more for me.
I did not want batting in it, it is heavy enough without any. Finding the fabric for the back was another adventure. I settled for a king size flannel sheet. Then I sewed the two big pieces together and turned it inside out. When I went to stretch it out to baste it I found out I needed a frame or something to pull it taut. Knowing I would not get a frame that size I called around and found they would do it at the Sew and Save store. Away it went and four weeks later here it is:



It might not be a work of art but it was a lot of work! It is heavy and warm. Funny thing is that not until last night I realized how big it really is. I have a hard time picturing inches, feet and yards in my head. 91 x 105 inches to me really did not say a lot. Last night when I put it on the bed I realized it is HUGE! So there it is. Will I make a more artistic one? Probably not or who knows, I might.


Here is a picture of command central


The chair is blocking the view of computer number two and the stacks of books. Yeap I work with two computers at the same time. You can see fiber, books, computers, on the far left my Roberta spinning wheel. That one I have handy and use for plying. I ply while I read. Also note the bump of ready to spin Indigo dyed fiber right by the mouse. I am sure my scientist friends would never understand how I can have piles of data mining, data modeling, etc books and papers intermingled with fiber! It keeps me sane I tell them.

8 comments:

Bonnie said...

Congratulations on your first quilt from a virtual quilter!
I do believe everybody has within themselves:
one quilt
one novel
one stained glass window

OceanKnitter said...

Hi Laritza :)

A work of art! Congratulations on your first quilt. I bet you can't wait to make another. The only risk is ... running out of room for your supplies! One more craft = one more room full of stuff. We love our artistic outlets, don't we?

Sandy

Leigh said...

It looks great! Congratulations. Quilting was one of my first textile loves, though it's been a long, long time since I made one. You should be proud of yours!

Romi said...

It looks great!

Lorette said...

Congratulations on finishing the quilt! I tlooks great. I like "comman central" too. It looks a lot like my office, right down to the two computers.

Jane said...

I think it's a wonderful quilt! Great job on it! Now you have to collect tons of fabric, thread, frames etc. You may need an addition to the house :-)

Knitterary said...

vThat's a beautiful quilt. And what a clever way to recycle denim!

jackie said...

Congratulations on your first quilt! Mine was about the same, but MUCH smaller. It was a baby quilt. Not a work of art either, but very pratical.