For almost a year now I've been knitting and quilting and voraciously reading knitting and quilting blogs. I figured I might as well do one of my own, as a way of letting my friends and family keep an eye on what I'm doing, seeing as how I live in the north of Italy and they live all over Italy, in the states, and in Canada.
It all started when I got my new puppy Ginger, a long-haired chihuahua. I wanted to knit her sweaters, even though I had no idea how to knit. I found a tutorial on youtube and eventually figured out how to knit. Here are some pics of Ginger in her sweaters!
Then I made some Christmas sweaters for both Ginger and Oliver, our other dog, a poodle mix.
While reading the knitting blogs, I found that many women who knit also sew and quilt, and I introduced to the world of modern quilting. I really loved the stuff I was seeing - there are some super talented sewers out there. I know my way around a sewing machine, so I thought I'd give it a try. My first attempt was a baby quilt for one of my bridesmaids in my upcoming wedding.
Not perfect, but a good start and a WHOLE lot of fun!
Next I ordered some Japanese cartoon fabrics, to make a baby quilt for another of my bridesmaids. Her and her husband love Japan, Manga (Japanese cartoons), and basically anything Japanese, so I knew she would love it. I ordered the fabulous fabric from Quilt Taffy.
They were a hit!
After the wedding (June 1st), I finally had some time to work on a queen size quilt for us. I had ordered lots of yardage from Kate Spain's Fandango collection back in February, so I pulled it out and started sewing. I also ordered extra yardage to make six pillowcases from my favourite six prints in the collection.
Two weeks ago I finished quilting it. I present to you my first queen size quilt!:
Finished size is 2m x 2.30 (6' 5" x 7' 5")
Ginger immediately made herself at home!
Anyway I hope you like the things I've made. I'm working on a new large quilt now (pictures to follow) even though next weekend we have to pack up our house for the move from Milan to Bergamo. Then we've got the honeymoon and then at the end of August I'll be back to my beloved sewing machine in my new and bigger sewing room! Can't wait!