Do you know what I love? Quilts. Quilt blocks. Quilting thread. Quiltiness. Do you know what I don't do? Quilt. Secretly, I want to be a quilter, but I'm pretty sure that I don't have the stamina. The stick-to-it-iveness.
But all of the pretty colors and designs call to me! When I was a little girl, I did a bit of quilting with my grandma. But it didn't carry on, and that makes me sad. The photo above is from a project in my Re-Sized class that I'm teaching, and it's the most "quilting" I've done in ages.
There is some fabric here, some is already cut, and it's planned to be a nine-patch lap blanket. But so far, it's just fabric. I also have a bunch of vintage quilt blocks and pieces left by a relative. Apparently not finishing things runs in the family.
But today, I choose to be inspired by some of my favorite quilters. I will not feel bad about my own lack of skills in this department...I will just soak in the pieced goodness, and share it with you!
Amanda quilts things both large and small. She not only makes blankets, but also things that you don't always expect to see pieced together quilt style. Her sense of color and pattern are pure delight! I also adore her photography, and her sock knitting skills. Oh, and she's part creator of The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery!
Rachel may very well be the most prolific quilter I've ever met. Every time I visit her blog, I see a new project in the works, and each one is equally stunning. How does she do it? I'm not sure, but I'm currently taking her Handstitched class in hopes that some of her amazing will rub off on me.
John makes lots of blocks for swaps and, well, it's pretty cool that he's a quilting dad. Which is why he's known as Quilt Dad. In addition to his quilting, he embroiders and when his name shows up on one of my Etsy orders, I get a case of blog celebrity excitement! He's also the author of the upcoming book, Pretty in Patchwork.
How can you not fall in love with all of these amazing works? Each one pulls me closer and closer to the quilting section at the fabric store! But first, I suppose I should try and finish off the pieces that I have her already. Right? Right.
That won't keep me from drooling over quilts. So just in case you haven't seen enough, here are some more favorites: Fresh Lemons, Hexie Hexagon, Scraparadise, and Friendship Bracelets.
Special thanks to Amanda, Rachel and John for being a quilty inspiration! I just might join you yet in the piecemaking!