Back in the 1970's my husband and I were stationed with the USAF in England for 3 years. I was an avid seamstress with a baby. The Officer's Wives Club offered a lot of classes and one was how to make a pieced and quilted pillows. I took that class and gave that pillow to my mother. I don't think it was very good, having to use templates and hand piece, etc. The old fashioned way before all the fancy doodads. Then another baby and a business in 1984 put a damper on my sewing.
Fast forward to 2010 and I decided to take a quilting class at the local quilt shop. The rest is history. You know, once you learn how to sew and learn proper techniques, you never forget them, cutting, pinning, pressing, matching seams, etc. My first real quilt that I made and gifted to a friend was my Underground Railroad Quilt. You can see pics of it on my page. I look at it now and see all the mistakes and the binding isn't square, but hey, my friend loves it. I have so enjoyed this craft and I love this group! Carol
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Yes, it's fun to read all the stories of how we all got "launched" as my friend who taught me to quilt likes to say.
You know in thinking about when I got started I realized that I had made a quilted item for over my daughter's crib (over 30 years ago) without realizing it. I made a sun/rainbow combination piece that I designed myself and used batting to make it "3-D." At the time I had no idea it was actually a quilt.
I learned to quilt when a friend at church wanted to start a bee in her home but didn't know anyone besides herself that quilted. She passed out invitations and taught 12 of us 2 Monday nights per month. It was great to learn along side several other girls who were also starting out because I learned things from mine and theirs since we all chose our own projects. Now I make quilts for family, friends, and as encouragement for people going through a hard time; oh and also for Project Linus. I love perking people up with quilts...and in the process I perk myself up too.
The Lord bless you and keep you, The Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you, The Lord lift His countenance upon you and give you peace. Num 6:24-26
My first quilt was a vest with cat appliques on it. I didn't realize I was quilting at the time, I just thought I was making a vest for my sister. Fast forward about 10 years. My sister finally got engaged at the age of 58 (her first marriage). She commented to me that she was disappointed because no one had made her a wedding quilt and she had made them for friends, co-workers, and children of friends. So big sister (that's me) decided that she should have one. I researched on the internet to find out what a wedding quilt was (I've been sewing since I was 8) and discovered that there were many different kinds, but they had "blocks" and used a "rotary cutter". So I took a class at JoAnn's and learned to make blocks and use the cutter, then designed my own quilt for my sister. She received it on her first anniversary and loved it. I look at it now and see how amateurish it is, but you can see the love that was put into it and that's what quilting is all about. Isn't it?
1. My mother-in-law gave my husband and me a quilt top for our first Christmas, and the beginnings of Bicentennial "fever" started shortly thereafter, so I started thinking about making a quilt myself. 2. When I lived in a town that had a living history museum and offered quilt classes, I really had no excuse not to try it, so I took a few classes and learned hand-piecing and hand-quilting. It wasn't until moving to Oklahoma that I really got into machine-piecing and quilting, thanks to Harriet Hargrave's visits to our guild.
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1. When my Dad passed on I wanted to make something for my Mom to be "covered by his love". So I asked her for his old shirts, (didn't have many and those were almost not useable) and, LOL, his under shorts! I cut 6" squares from the under shorts and shirts, added some other fabric and made a lap quilt for Mom. I quilted it with hearts in every other block. I had NO idea what I was doing and it turned out fairly good.
2. I love making things with my hands, so I quilt. I quilt for the Veterans, I quilt for the Children's Hospital, I quilt for church members, I just plain old quilt. My favorite quilt so far was my house quilt.....just love that and then the only quilt I kept for me is my T-shirt quilt.
my first quilt was a patchwork that I found at Maxim's which were squares, like about 15 squares for $5.00 and I figured I could do that. Made it for my sister, seams, whoops, we won't talk about them, tied it with yarn., oh my, that was tough. It LOOKS good though and she wore it until the seams all pulled loose.
The second one I made from a kit that was advertised in a ,magazine by a budding quilter, Eleanor Burns. It is still lovely but the quilting is still atrocious. Oh well, I am getting better as time goes on.
I learned to sew when I was less than 10 years old. I made many clothes for my Barbie dolls and myself. When I was in high school, I took a class on quilting and loved it. I made a log cabin pillow and it took me forever to quilt it by hand, but I did finish it. I always had it in the back of my mind to do more of it. When my children came along, I started saving scraps of fabric from every outfit I made for them, intending to one day make a quilt. The quilt never did get made...lol (I decided strip piecing was soooo much easier. I just didn't want to mess with those little squares!)
In one of our moves, we ended up in Iowa. One of my first greetings to the town was a neighbor girl telling me if I was going to live there, I needed to learn to like candles and quilting! Sounded good to me. I got involved with a group of ladies who were avid quilters. They could turn out a quilt in a day or two and I was in awe! I made my first quilt, a queen sized one, for my parents and there has been no turning back. It took me longer than a few days, but I got it done. Now I am one of those that can turn out a quilt in a day or two! I love to quilt!!
1. As soon as I was able to coordinate the treadle machine - my sewing career began. Dolly clothes and quilts. My great grandmother originally owned this treadle machine and she was a SEAMSTRESS. But she and her sisters made a crazy quilt that I now own.
2. Maurine Hansen - lovely older woman from church was the one that encouraged me to try new quilting techniques. We would often head to a quilt show together. It was her encouragement that helped blossom the passion I have today!
My day is not complete until needle, thread & fabric meet!!
"In the final recollection, if the essence of my being has caused a smile to have appeared upon your face or a touch of joy within your heart, then in living I have made my work." ~Thomas L. Odem, Jr.
1. It is part of learning of the past. My grandmothers were quilters. Mom remembers playing under the quilt frames when she was little. The women made the batting by felting old wool clothing. This was depression time, but they quilted long before that. I have a doll quilt that my great great grandmother made for my grandmother.
2. I quilt to make gifts for my grandchildren and children that they can enjoy. I'm immensely practical and want a quilt that the children will use and wear out. Fortunately, none of them heirloom quality and are used and enjoyed as I intended.
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1) My whole family quilts, my mom, her mom, her mom's mom, and my dad's mom all quilted. 2) I couldn't find a nursery set I liked for my oldest DD, so I decided to just make one, and kept making things.
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