|ok, I am ready???|
I'm Miranda here is my blog. I am 17 years old, I have an obsession with fabric, a love affair with my sewing machine and I love to quilt! And I bet many of you never would have thought of sewing at my age, at least that is what Madame Samm shared with me. (did you know she only began quilting in June of this year and she is just a few decades only than me lol ?)
|Charlie and Me|
I am sew excited and honoured to be here today, but a little nervous, as I have never written for sew many people before. As I write this post I think there is 1241 followers...Scary!!
Anyway, today I though I would share with you a little about how I got into quilting, my quilts, my stash and how I am manicuring it (or intend to anyway!).
How did I come to be a quilter?
I have been handsewing since I was very little- I use to make clothes for my barbies and make cushions for everyone! but it wasn't until my 16th Birthday that I got my first real sewing machine.
To be honest I don't quite remember what sparked this obsession but one day I decided I would like to make a quilt (however as my mum would say- unlike any other normal person I decided to leap into making a full size quilt after having only made a small wonky pinwheel block! haha). I had never made a quilt before though, nor had anyone in my family and as I had only had my sewing machine a few months, a lot of people doubted that I would actually get very far and a lot of people, especially my mum, thought I was a bit crazy. I really had no idea what I was doing and it was very much a "learn-as-you-go" experience but I needed the challenge and I really enjoyed it. I did a lot of googling (if that's a word) on quilting basics as I got to each step and I used up all the printer ink on quilt pictures (dad wasn't too happy) but I was determined to prove to them that it was possible.
|My First Quilt in all its wonkiness!|
|My 2nd Quilt "Just dreaming summer" and WIP. Finally decided that I want to hand quilt it.|
My first quilt was also sort of a therapy me. At the time I had been suffering from migraines (which I found out many months later was a result of anxiety) so it became my go to and cure for when I was stressed or not feeling 100% and it gave me something to be proud of. Although I am a lot better now, you will still find me quilting during stressful times! The past 2 years I think I have started quilts either a few days before exams start or during the middle of exams! It's a bit difficult to explain and probably sounds a bit silly...but when I finished my first quilt I thought to myself, "that if I can make a quilt and not really know what I am doing, then surely anything is possible if I set my mind to it."
|Mums Fancy Pink Quilt|
~I quilt because I love fabric and colour and seeing a quilt and fabric come to life.
~I find the process very rewarding
~I love the challenge
~ Sewing is actually very calming and destressing! I recommend it next time you are feeling stressed :)
~ Although my quilts seem to take a while to finish, it's the journey that makes it all worthwhile, the story and the inspiration behind it along with the memories that a part of it that make it special. So never ever be ashamed of a quilt thats been in the process for a while, even years! It also takes time for inspiration to strike, it's not something you can make happen, you just have to wait.
~ I love that feeling when you are suddenly bursting with inspiration! ( yes...I am probably a bit crazy!)
|This is an Art quilt on the Aurora Borealis/ Northern Lights I made as one of my major works for Studio Art this year. I wish I had a better picture of it.|
I am slowly taking over the study! Originally I had just a small space on the table but that small space has grown to the whole table (including surrounding floor and wall space), 3 shelves in the bookcase and a shelf above my table. When I need to cut fabric, sew on borders, binding or quilt, I take over the dining room table. I guess you could say I am slowly taking over the HOUSE!
To be honest as I'm still new to the sewing world I don't have a very mpressive stash, it's looking a bit sad, especially in comparison to "Teresa's giant wall o'stash"! Have you seen it? it's amazing! BUT I do love scraps, possible a bit obsessively as I keep even the tiniest of scraps. I often have to say to myself "Miranda, honestly, are you really going to use that?" I have actually tried to use these itty bitty scraps before, but they just fall to threads so I wouldn't recommend it.
In the new year I intend to organise my stash by colour and I love the idea of organising scraps into squares and strips, especially as I would love to make a scrappy string quilt. Unfortunately as all my quilts have been so different, my scraps don't all go together harmoniously so this could take a while!
I am also going to find lots of pretty glass jars as I have a gorgeous one my dad gave me which I like to store my coordinating scrappy strips in. I think they look really pretty so work great for decoration and I find it really inspiring when I am thinking how to use the scraps. It allows me to clearly see all the fabric mixed up together, ecouraging me to use them too. I put in any coordinating scraps I find and then when I decide to make a quilt/ have enough on the jar to make one, I instantly have a conderful mix of fabrics that go well together and as I am indecissive- I dont have to spend hours trying to pick coordinating fabrics.
How am I going to manicure my stash?
My stash isn't that large! ok ok I will manicure my scraps. After 5:15pm on Tuesday I will have finished all my exams which will mean no more school or study and Uni doesn't start until March, so I am very excited to finally have all this time to bring my ideas to life. I have a list on the side of my blog with lots of scrappy projects I am going to try but these are a few of my own scrappy projects.
so this is how I have been manicuring my scraps....
Whew....That was a long post! lol
Thank-you so much Samm for the opportunity to be here, it has been so much fun! and thank-you so much to those of you who leave a comment or come and visit Charlie and I. We would love to have you join us on our quilting adventures and as I start this new beginning. I promise Charlie doesn't bite...but you might get stuck throwing his ball for him!