|my first quilt|
I was long fascinated with quilts and how pretty and colorful they were. I loved how they were made from scraps or old worn out clothing. I always said I would like to make a quilt some day.
I began by checking out books from the local library on quilting. At that time, there weren't a lot in the library. Georgia Bonesteel had written a couple about her technique of lap quilting. This is quilting blocks or small sections of a quilt separately and then later, putting them all together. It makes quilting portable. Since I thought all quilts were large bed size quilts, I thought this was a great idea.
I studied her method avidly for awhile and then finally drew on graph paper, my idea for a quilt. We lived on Amelia Island then and so I had to wait until we drove to Jacksonville to shop for fabric. I loved calicoes and there was only a Hancocks to shop at, so it was what I bought.
|can you tell how worn it is?|
|I didn't prewash...the green bled.|
Looking back, I can't believe I picked this design for a first quilt and all the other crazy things I did as a novice, with no one to ask whether It was right or even if it was possible. That has been my method ever since, so when I say I am self taught, I mean it.
There were so many quilt blocks I wanted to make, so my next quilt was a sampler.
|my signature in the block|
|another queen size|
This is where my journey started and I am planning to document all my quilts with their full stories. I think it will be nice to remember, any maybe some day someone else would like to know all this stuff.
But now on to my weekend. I finished one more block, did some yo yos and napkins.
|I think this makes 18|
|I cut out lots more strips for blocks|
|I am saving the selvedges...planning a give away.|
Such good progress! Have a great week.