Brave New World

A few weeks ago, my sister Lorraine mentioned that she’d like a new lap quilt.  Since she rarely asks for anything, I found some fabrics specifically with her in mind. I love the way this scrappy churn dash turned out, but then I wasn’t sure what to do about getting it quilted. We have a Handi Quilter Avanté® set up in the office and I’ve always wanted to learn to use it, so.. did you take a deep breath, because I did?…I asked Sherri Driver, our Editor Extraordinaire in Quilting, to help me. On Saturday, we met and set up a practice quilt sandwich, and off we went. I was pretty happy because as far as first times go – it wasn’t so bad. We loaded my quilt and I started out slowly, thinking this is for my sister and even if it turns out badly, she’s still going to be my sister.  Tricia quilting 4 150x150 Brave New World

Wow!  Amazing! I didn’t realize the printed fabric and matching thread would hide a good number of “mistakes”. I relaxed a little  and concentrated on the needle. It was almost zen-like. In no time at all, I was done and we unloaded it from the frame.

I trimmed the excess batting and backing and then posed for a picture. ALL DONE!  And Thank-you, Sherri!

Tricia and quilt 2 150x150 Brave New WorldHave you ever been afraid to take a step towards mastering a new technique, but tried anyway? What did you try and how did it go?



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4 Responses to Brave New World

  1. That’s awesome, Tricia!!! The quilt is beautiful! I wish I had one of those machines at home.

  2. Brenda says:

    A job well done! It’s an all-time color combination of mine, and it turned out beautifully! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Jennifer Coleman says:

    Tricia your quilt turned out beautifully! Way to go! Seems to me each time you start a new quilt, you’re taking the plunge. Why else would we take perfectly good fabric, hack it to pieces and put it back together again. And yet, each time, the outcome gives someone warmth and comfort.

  4. bruce_lee says:

    Color is very good, very good combination, thanks for sharing.

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