Is there a quilt you want to make but have just never had the time to make or is there a quilt you want to make but feel you do not yet have the skills to make?

I love the old patterns and I have always wanted to make a "Snail's Trail". I have seen it made in the most traditional fabric patterns and in the most up to date and I always love it. I don't think the pattern is above my skill levels but for some reason I have just never got started.

What about you?

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A Dresden Plate quilt.  I've made one block, but it was for a small quilt and it wasn't made in the traditional fashion (I used Texture Magic by Superior Threads for the entire block).  Anyway, I want to make a traditional quilt using reproduction 30's fabrics.  I think I hesitate because I hate any form of applique' and can't think of any other way to add the circle to the center of the plates.  Also, it just looks hard and an entire quilt would probably take me a year to make!  Good question!

I agree with you Bridget, it looks hard.  Thank goodness I have never wanted to make one. There is a machine embroidery design of a Dresdin Plate  but of course, it is all applique. I don't' think I would like that either, too small.  You know, I think I have seen a Dresden Plate made from 30's fabric. It certainly sounds pretty. I hope you get around to it someday.

Another one I'd like to make is a string quilt.  I have a large box of "strings", but I just haven't been in the mood to make one yet.  I gave away a box of strips to a group that makes only string quilts, but the box is full again!


By the way, I think the Milky Way quilts look similar to the Snail's Tail, only not so complicated.  I have one that's all black and white.  It's on my webshots page, and to me it looks similar only much easier.  Here's the link if you're interested in looking at it

WOW! that is a beautiful quilt, no matter what you call it. One of these days I'll get one made.

A string quilt was one of my mom's favoriets. She made many of them. She sewed for 3 daughters and several grandchildren  and she made lots of quilts. Her string box was always full. She also made string quilt our of my  dad's old work pants and shirts and our blue jeans. Those were made for camping trips. She always quilted them with red thread.

Quilting is so much fun.

Thanks for the compliment.  Did you grow up sewing?  I didn't.  I hated home ec and my mom bought all our clothes.  Now that I'm old I feel like I really missed out.  I didn't learn to quilt until I was 45; I still don't know how to sew very well; something about sewing patterns drives me nuts!

I love the idea of a string quilt made out of jeans with red thread!  What a great idea! 

Good Day Bridget,  Yes I did grow up sewing. My mom had a treadle sewing machine and she made clothes for 5 children. One of my earliest memories are of my mother rushing into JC Penny's to but up any fabric she could get. That was during WWII.  She would hear a rumor that there was fabric in town and off she would go on the 28 mile trip to town to get what she could. I still remember the dress she made me to wear on my first day in school. With the scraps from our clothes and feed sacks, she made quilts. She made our underwear from sugar sacks. My mom also grew a big garden and raised chicken, ducks, turkeys. Dad grew pigs and cattle and he always teased mom that she canned or froze anything that didn't eat her first. We didn't have a lot of money as we grew up but we always ate very well and had nice clothes. My mom was a super farm wife. Mom also saw to it that her daughters learned everything she knew.

Wow!  What a great story!  What lovely memories!  I was a city girl, so my life has been quite a bit different. 

I absolutely love feed sacks and have a collection of about 30 full ones still sewn.  When I started quilting I quickly discovered the reproduction 30's fabrics and fell in love with them.  Darlene Zimmerman made a comment once about collecting feedsacks, so I had to check it out.  I bought several on E-Bay.  One particular seller is in her 70's and is moving to a smaller place so she's selling off her collection that she's had since she was a girl.  Anyway, I enjoyed your story!

LOL!!!  You're ready...but not yet.  I totally understand that!  I'm ready for my first really scrappy quilt, but trying to arrange the blocks is driving me nuts because there must be 1000 possible combinations (which is why I generally shy away from scrappy quilts. I'll do a planned scrappy though).

Anyway, I think a wedding ring quilt is too advanced for me at this point.  If I did one I'd want to do a traditional one.  Of course it wouldn't hurt for me to get out of my little box now and then.  But I think it would take forever!

Now Bridget a good way to do a scrappy quilt is to do a traditional wedding ring or dresden plate. I'm like you tho, the planning would drive me nuts. I'm in the middle of a scrappy wedding ring so I can empathize. Actually for me the best way to make a true scrappy quilt is to take all my scraps and put them is a box then have a drawing. Whatever scrap you pull is the next one to be sewn. The only rule being two of the same scrap cannot be sewn together

My list of want to but not sure I have the skills is a long one.  Bargello, carpenter's wheel, Dahlia, paper-pieced and Drunkard's Path.  Although I did watch a Jenny Doan segment on an easy-peasy Drunkard's Path that I might attempt.

I think I shy away from too many that I want to do because I'm uncertain of my skill level.  I don't like strip piecing, but I love the Bargello quilts I've seen.  I never strip piece anymore and sew each square one by one.  I know strip piecing is much faster but it's too hard for me to keep everythng straight.  Even if I starch the fabric first (which is what I always do).  Seems like you're choosing all the hard ones!  I'm wanting to do a dresden plate quilt, but I hate the thought of having to applique anything, although I know if I set my mind to it I'd be able to do it.  I've done it before, but that was before I knew what I was getting into!  I'm not exactly patient, but quilting has really taught me how to slow down and enjoy the process.

Oooppsss..getting off topic here!

I agree with you Suzanne. Every one you listed is something I would like to do also. I have done a Drunkard's Path, however, and it is a lot easier than it looks. The very first quilt I made was a sampler quilt and it had a Drunkard's Path, Dresdin Plate,a star, a crown, a pinwheel, log cabin,an interlocking square and a churn dash. You can do!


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