My Quilt HistoryPosted: June 7, 2014
(subtitle: Wherein I Try To Be Brief And Fail Spectacularly)
I must have been about five years old, I can remember standing next to my mom, watching as she sewed. The fabric was red with little yellow flowers and it would become a dress for me…or maybe for my sister…she often made us matching outfits when we were little.
It would be 20 years before I got close to a sewing machine again. I needed curtains, and couldn’t find what I wanted at a price I was willing to pay. I borrowed that same machine from my mom, oiled it and through much trial and error, figured out to thread it and made curtains from a set of old sheets.
About 5 years after the curtain making, I was the mom of two little girls whom I wanted to dress in matching skirts and dresses…not just matching, but also modest. The then-current styles for little girl’s skirts were pretty skimpy. So I dug the machine out of the closet and looked at patterns and taught myself how to sew clothes for little girls. Like this:
Around 2004 or 2005, I tried quilting. This is the first block I ever sewed…by hand. It is hanging on the bulletin board in my sewing room.
Then I decided to make a quilt, but using a machine. I found a quilt magazine at the library, saw a pattern I liked and dove in. I cut out many many little squares and started sewing. I don’t remember what took my attention away from this project…it was probably a baby…but I did make several blocks and I have still have the small pile tucked away.
In between babies (6 in 9 years!) and making girly dresses and skirts, I started sewing bags, purses and aprons and sold them to whomever would buy them.
This is an apron I designed and still make for brides to be!
Around 2009 or 2010, I came back to quilting. The Ohio Star quilt was no longer calling my name. I wanted to do something different, something brighter and less fussy. By now, the internet was full of information and inspiration. I made and gave away many quilts. Sadly, due to a computer crash a few years ago and an unfortunate loss of an sd card, I don’t have many photos. Which is one reason I’m starting this blog…to have a complete record of what I’m doing.
I tried several quilting techniques and styles along the way. A few highlights:
A small wall hanging, a one time experiment in “stained glass’ style, never to be repeated. But I still like the bold colors I choose.
A doll quilt. Just a bunch of squares, some fussy cut, and then zig zag appliqued onto the background. Cute, but still not my thing.
A reds and browns table runner for my dad and his wife, using the disappearing nine-patch block. Getting closer to my thing.
A lap quilt in beach-y colors for my mother-in-law. This is me. Bright colors, lots of solids. Very simple quilting, though. Made in late 2010.
***Here is the gap created by computer crashes and sd card loss, but I did find a few pictures I had posted on Facebook***
This is actually a WIP, started sometime in 2012. Still waiting to be pieced together. A little too scrappy for my taste, but a fun experiment.
A lap quilt I made for my sister-in-law. I choose the colors because they are the colors of the Pacific Northwest…blue and green and gray and gray. The quilting is simple, just square spirals. I love it. I need to make another one to keep!
So after five years of quilting, I have found my niche…modern traditionalism. I like traditional blocks, set in modern layouts with bright, bold colors and simple, elegant quilting. It’s been a journey to get here, and I’m eager to share my work.