I have a long history of quilting. I always wanted to quilt, but did not have any mentors in my family. My mom and grandma did other handwork, like crocheting, knitting and embroidery. I was on my own but was inspired by my friend's quilts. Her mom was a quilter and sent new quilts to her by mail as they lived in different parts of the province. I drooled over those quilts and just had to take a stab at it. My friend, at that time was never going to quilt - she had memories of growing up with a quilt always on a frame in their living room. She changed her mind after a few years and joined me and others as we progressed. We had a Singer treadle sewing machine when I was growing up but I did acquire an electric one soon after I was married and so began my quilting career. First I sewed fabric onto a newspaper for a foundation. My fabric was pretty limited as was my budget for supplies. But I had fun and was learning.
One day I found an article in a magazine about Elleanor Burns and a pattern to make a quilt in a day. I read it and was hooked. I made a Trip Around the World Quilt - I believe it took me more than one day. LOL
I still have the magazine by the way.
From that point on I just kept going and introduced many others to the pattern and as they say "the rest is history". I have not looked back. 9 years ago a quilt guild was formed in the community and I was a charter member. I have enjoyed it so much and learned so much more from fellow quilters. Patterns are endless, fabric is endless, sewing gadgets are endless. I am still in love with quilting although I should call myself a 'piecer' instead of a 'quilter' because I realy do not like the actual quilting part - either by hand or machine. In the early days I tied my quilts wilth embroidery cotton but now I stitich in the ditch with the machine or send the quilt out to a long arm quilter.
This quilt was from a Jinny Beyers kit which took me a long time to piece together -some fussy cutting on it.
I sent it out for quilting. I love her patterns and her choice of colours are always 'eye candy' for me.
This quilt was a fun one to make. I made it for a granddaughter. It was a way to use up scraps and the hearts are done with the paper piecing method and appliqued onto a background fabric.
I have also learned to do English Paper Piecing and will share some of that with you at another time.
Happy summer everyone.
Cheerio for now.