Confessions of a Quilter – #1

Confession Number One

The quilt on our bed came from Overstock(dot)com. Why? Because (a) I bought it before I became a quilter, (b) I haven’t had the time/energy/compulsion to make a king-sized quilt for our bed yet, and (c) What? I’m supposed to sleep under just a sheet?

I will someday make a king-sized quilt for our bed, but that day is not today. It isn’t tomorrow, either. I’m busy with other projects. This isn’t super high on my priority list.

Plus, this one is pretty cozy, if a little bland to look at.

Bed Quilt Confession
Let’s keep this between us, ok?

Now, I’m off to work on a quilt.

In Other News

  • I’m joining in the Border Quilt Quilt Along hosted by Jen Shaffer of Patterns by Jen. You can get your copy of her Border Quilt pattern and join in!
  • The Liberty Quilt is nearly finished. It’s been a massive labor of love, lessons, and finding freedom. I look forward to sharing more about it with you.

Upcoming Events

  • I’m speaking at the 7:00 pm Cherokee Rose Quilters Guild meeting at Sutton Hall in Douglasville, Georgia on Thursday, November 15th. I’d love to see you there! The theme of my trunk show and talk is Quilting with the Fire of My Foremothers. Doors open at 6:30.
  • Catch me hanging out in the Just Wanna Quilt booth at Quilt Festival Houston in November! If you’re attending Festival, tap me on the shoulder and say hello!

xoxo,
~ Tara

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I Just Wanna Quilt

I’ve been interviewed! What? That’s crazy talk.

I had such a great time chatting with Elizabeth Townsend Gard of Just Wanna Quilt recently, and the podcast episode is live today! You can listen directly at justwannaquilt.com, or head over to your favorite podcast platform (iTunes, Stitcher, Spreaker). You’ll want to make this channel one of your favorites… she interviews some big names and interesting quilty people.

I’ll be chatting with her again in another week or so, because we ran out of time and had loads to talk about!

Come join the Just Wanna Quilt Quilting Army on Facebook!

Are you headed to QuiltCon in Nashville next February? Catch one of Elizabeth’s lectures and check out her workshop!

Friday, Feb 22 @ 10:15 am – All About Trademarks (LEC09)

Friday, Feb 22 @ 2:30 pm – Quilting & IP: It’s Not What You Think (LEC12)

Saturday, Feb 23 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Making a Copyright Quilt (MSC012)

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I’ve been visiting a few quilty things across the pond in England while visiting friends the last couple of weeks, and can’t wait to tell you all about it and show you some photos! Stay tuned for some blog posts on that soon.

To catch me on the go, follow me over on Instagram or Quilt District on the book face. Most of my goings on are there.

xoxo,
~ Tara

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2018 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop

If you already follow me here on the blog, you’re probably thinking I fell asleep while binding and was smothered by a quilt. I mean, it has been over a month since I’ve posted. And we know how dangerous quilting can be. Gangsta dangerous.

Most of what I post is still over on Instagram, but here I am this week with a virtual army of quilt bloggers for the 2018 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop hosted by Jen @ Dizzy Quilter, Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts, Sandra @ mmm!quilts, and Tish @ Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland.

These organized blog wonder women sorted us blog newbies into hives, and (don’t be jealous, y’all) the one I’m in (led by Jen) has the coolest name: Quilt, Blog, Repeat. Nailed it. Our own lovely Becca @ Pretty Piney made our killer graphic.

The Quilt, Blog, Repeat Weeks 1 and 2 were a big hit with Jan @ Cocoa Quilts, Michelle @ Creative Blonde, Nicole @ Handwrought Quilts, and Becca @ Pretty Piney

Roseanne @ Home Sewn by Us and I are heading up Week 3 for this hive, but you’ll also want to check out the other hives in the lineup (and next week, be sure to visit Karen @ The Quilt Rambler and Sarah @ 9658 Textiles). There is a TON of quiltiness happenin’ on this hop! Don’t forget to enter the star-studded giveaway on the hosts’ blogs!! Woot! Free swag!

A bit about Tara at The Quilt District…

I learned how to quilt in early 2014 on YouTube. My husband and I began to call it my Quilt Porn. I watched everything I could get my hands on. I’d watch even the clips or full shows that I thought, on first glance, I might not like or need—maybe I’d already seen a pineapple block made or this clip was from the 80s and it might be tired. I still watched. Thank God I did! I learned something each time that made me a better quilter. Every. Single. Time.

You can see a few examples of my work here on my Gallery page.

Fast forward 4 years and I’m designing quilt patterns and diving deep into the history of quilts. I still have my day job, but someday… someday I’ll be full time at this quilty thing. I promise. Until that day, I’ll just be hella tired.

You can find the link to my first pattern, Churned Up, over on my Patterns tab. My next pattern, Prescott Road, is in the works with a release targeted for this summer. Snippets of Prescott Road are on my Instagram feed. Two other patterns are brewing for release soon after that. If you’d like to stay plugged into what’s happening at The Quilt District, pop to the right-side of this page and enter your email address. I’ll never spam you; you’ll just get notified when I post.

I hope I’ll see you around here (or on Instagram) sometimes. In the meantime… I have a question for you. Would you answer it in the comments below before popping out to visit the other bloggers and enter the giveaway?

How did YOU start on your quilting journey?

All My Quilty Love,
~ Tara

 

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How I Made My Design Wall

I have moved into my new sewing space, and although it isn’t finished, it HAD to get a design wall ASAP. I had making to do! After poking around the interwebz, I cobbled together bits of what I learned and made a design wall that works for me and my space. It is large at 96″ wide x 83″ high. It holds fabric nicely and I can stick pins in it.

This thing makes me feel like I’m Winning at Quilt Life.

How I made my design wall

Here’s the basic rundown on supplies:

  • 1 queen-size flannel flat sheet
    (a soft gray is an excellent backdrop for auditioning colorful fabric)
  • duct tape (a lot!)
  • 2 packages of insulation foam panels
    (I got mine at Home Depot. Each package came with 6 panels that were 14-1/2″ x 48″ each)
  • basting spray
  • 2-3 value packs of jumbo Command strips
  • a level (if needed, for hanging)
  • a razor blade/super sharp knife
    (scissors are not sharp enough to get a clean cut on this foam material)
  • a long, straight-edge ruler
  • enough floor space to lay everything out
  • a helper (not shown)

I laid out the flannel sheet with the front side down. I did not cut this sheet, because I might want to use it as a sheet someday. Could happen. Once it was laid down, I made it mostly smooth and taped it to the floor at the edges.

Each of the two packages of foam panels contained six panels. I trimmed 4 inches off the bottom long sides of two panels so the design wall didn’t cover a vent and electrical outlets.

Spray the adhesive on a panel, lay it on the sheet and press. Continue with all the panels, taping the seams with duct tape as you butt the edge of each to the last. I failed to get a picture of the initial layout of the panels, so here’s a graphic.

Fold the sheet over at the top and bottom first. Tape down where you’ve brought the fabric over. Next, fold the sheet over at the sides, making a slight taper with the fold to make it nice and tidy on the edge. Tape all around.

Now, tape the snot out of the back. Criss-cross the tape in long strips to create some stability to the horizontal and vertical seams.

Apply the command strips generously to the back, spacing them around to get good hold coverage. Follow the instructions on the package about the tape and loop and paper backing.

Get that helper to help you hang and position this beautiful beast to the wall. Use a level if you need to. I butted mine up to the ceiling. Voila!

Happy Quilting!

~~Tara

P.S. My biggest inspiration was this tutorial from The Quilting Edge. She made hers modular!

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