My Quilt History

(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:

and 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.