. I started getting books from the library on quilting when I would take my kids to the library. This was 1992 and Georgia Bonesteel had a few books out about lap quilting. I checked them out over and over and poured through them. I checked out any other quilting books as well. I liked Georgia’s method, since I didn’t have a frame to stretch a large quilt on.
When I felt ready, like I could really handle this, I bought a cutting mat, rotary cutter and ruler and some fabric. I had designed a quilt that could be made and quilted in squares with the lap quilting method. It took me about a year to make this queen size quilt. Now I am stubborn and tenacious, as my husband can tell you, but looking back I was clueless too.
My first “real” quilt was a queen size quilt with tons of half square triangles. I think I just liked the design. I bought the fabric in calicos of dark green, dark blue and a sort of burgundy color. I didn’t pre-wash and the green has since bled onto the adjoining muslin. That’s another notion I had, that all quilts should have some muslin in them.
I hand quilted it in squares and joined them together. Oh, and I wanted it to be hefty, so double batting. I don’t know where that crazy idea came from. That is one heavy quilt. I think I had so many comforters over the years that were store bought and very fluffy, I must have thought that was a good thing. That quilt was on our bed for years and we still have it. I signed the back with my name and the year, 1993.
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