Saturday, February 9, 2013

Ode to Frida Kahalo

I was meandering around one of my favorite quilt shops in mid January and came across this fabric from  Alexander Henry. It features Frida Kahalo who is a favored painter of mine. This is one painter that my daughters love as well, so I decided to make a Frida throw for the family room.

In the making of this quilt I realized why I don't strip more quilts, my sewing machine. Don't get me wrong, I love my old Kenmore but that is the problem, it's old and doesn't have any fancy bells and whistles. This was a present from my parents when I first started sewing years ago making costumes for the plays that my children were in. And being a self-taught seamstress, my Kenmore and I have been through many trials  and tribulations, suffering together through defeats and celebrating many feats!
But all relationships simmer out and like any true blooded woman, I traded up!
I am so impressed and a bit overwhelmed with my new love!  We are off to a wonderful start and the Frida throw was my first completed project with my new sewing machine.

I always learn something on every project and wanted to share what I learned this project.  I learned that ironing is very important in every project and it really matters which way you press your seams. Such a simple concept but something I had to learn the hard way!

 If you look closely at these edges you can see that in the first picture(left) I ironed towards the darker fabric and on the second picture (right) I ironed the seam away from the darker fabric. Again, my seam ripper and I became one!!

I hope to post soon with a picture of this completed project. I am hand quilting at the moment, hopefully to finish soon!


Val Spiers said...

Such nice fabrics. Can't wait to see how it turns out.

Regina Rose said...

Thank you! I am 3/4 of the way done with the hand quilting so I am hoping to finish soon. I will post a picture as soon as I am done!