For the Quilt Your Happiness Challange I wrote a post that I'd like to share with you here:
Quilting My Happiness: Homesick Ohio
I love quilting. I love everything about it. I love that I can spend all day looking at beautiful fabric, never actually make anything, and still be satisfied. I love that I can get in the "zone" and be in a world where it's just me and my quilt (and usually a good audio book). I love that I can spend hours, weeks and even months or years on a giant quilt but on a particularly homesick Monday, in just a few hours, I can quilt up a little happiness to brighten my day.
So I just moved here:
I know, I know and I'm homesick!? Already?!
Well Ohio, specifically Cincinnati is my home and I love it. It has my family and my friends. Oh, and it has fall (not that I'm complaining about the beautiful weather here). This past Monday morning I was feeling particularly homesick so I put on an audio book and whipped up a mini-quilt to lighten my load.
Ohio has such a fun shape and I just love looking at maps of it divided up into its 88 counties so I just googled up a map and printed it out. I was lucky and the printed map was pretty much exactly the size I wanted.
From there I made my quilt "sandwich" and pinned all the layers together with the map placed where I wanted it on top. Then I did a bit of free-motion quilting and just traced all the lines - this was very relaxing.
|Elna (eXcellence 740) really seemed to enjoy this.|
Once every thing was traced I used my seam ripper to remove the perforated bits of paper.
Then I trimmed, turned under and finished the edges of my blue "ohio" fabric, added a few concentric circles in the background and bound it! Oh, and I added a little red heart right where I left mine behind.
I <3 Cincinnati.
And don't forget to head over to the Blogger's Quilt Festival to check out some of the other entries!
Note: Don't miss my Full Signal entry into the Doll/Mini Quilt section as well!