I do not consider myself a quilter - even though I've made a few quilts. I've been sewing for many years, but it's only in recent years that I've added quilting to my repertoire. So I was pleasantly surprised when Benita invited me to the 2019 Online Quilters Meet and Greet, with a Great Grand Prize - link to enter at end of post. It's a great opportunity to meet real quilters, and also a good time for me to look at the progress I've made on my quilting journey.
The zig zag quilt was my first venture into quilting and my first time using a rotary cutter. I joined a sew-along and learned so much. The end result is by no means perfect, but I was, and still am, so proud of my creation. To see my youngest son wrapped in his quilt when we'd Skype warmed my heart. Neither he, nor anyone else in the family noticed any mistakes.
|Measurements for the Scrappy Quilt|
Almost two years later my eldest son received his Scrappy Quilt - my second quilt. No following a design or pattern for this one. I jumped in and did the blocks and the narrow sashing myself. At that point I headed to my local quilt shop where the owner spent a lot of time helping me with the rest. She was a fountain of knowledge.
It was while quilting my third quilt, the Peter Rabbit Log Cabin quilt, that I worked out why there was a lot of puckering on my first two quilts. I hadn't attached the walking foot correctly! That's what happens when you teach yourself - it can be a bit hit and miss.
Soon afterwards came the Fairy Panel Wholecloth quilt. At the time, I didn't count this as a quilt, but readers told me in no uncertain terms that I was wrong. This was my first time hand quilting - the first three I machine quilted myself. And it will probably be my last. Even though I enjoy hand sewing, I didn't enjoy hand quilting - too awkward and I couldn't get the stitches anywhere near even. Still, another notch in the belt. Along with the Peter Rabbit quilt, this one has been in constant use - a win win for me.
The same year saw the Barcelona Strip and Flip quilt - my fifth quilt -the second, and last, time I've followed a pattern. I learn a lot about pressing seams - open or to the side - with this quilt.
|Measurements for the Shirt Quilt|
After a gap of two years came my sixth quilt - the Shirt Quilt. All the blocks are made from 100% cotton pre-loved shirts. The design I did myself. There's a pattern emerging here - I do like to experiment and do my own thing. At this stage it's all very simple, but as long as I'm learning, I'm happy. My Mum scored this one.
|Measurements for the Robot Quilt + PDFs of the robots|
The Robot Quilt - my seventh - was a little more adventurous. My youngest son did all the drawings, and I turned them into a quilt, again of my own design. This went to one of the younger members of the family, but my eldest son - an adult - has asked for one. It's on the To Do list.
|Measurements for Mini Log Cabin Quilt|
Another year on, and my Mini Log Cabin quilt was done. It only took me four years!!!
Finished last year is a very unconventional quilt - the Silk Screen Printed Silhouette quilt. This was a collaboration with my daughter after we both attended a silk screen printing workshop. She did all the silk screen printing and I put it all together. I stalled many times during the process, taking four years in total to finish. I was relieved, but pleased when it was done.
That's the majority of the quilts I've made. In some instances it's been a couple of years between quilts, but that's because I've been busy sewing other things. I'm in the process of hand sewing a Grandmothers Flower Garden hexie quilt. It'll be a while before that one's finished!!!
Almost all of my quilts have gone to family members, so I get to see them in use, and that gives me a lot of pleasure. Some family members are asking for second quilts. It was hard enough working out priorities and who got what quilt first.
Enough talking about me. Head on over to Benita Skinner's Creative Space to meet all the quilters taking part in this year's Meet & Greet.
And there's awesome goodies to be won in the Great Grand Prize. From every page you visit, you'll be able to enter to win the Great Grand Prize - one entry for every blog you visit by following the Great Grand Prize link.