Friday, August 26, 2011
I’m trying to be more creative and more compassionate.
When I was in Jr High and High School I actually did sew a lot of my own clothes. Not nearly as many as my mother and older sisters did, but I sewed a lot more than I do now. It was a good way to make productive use of my time, I suppose. And I did get clothes out of it! What more could a teenage girl who didn’t have close neighbors want? Anyway, I can’t remember exactly the timing, but eventually I decided to make myself a patchwork quilt from scraps from my many sewing projects. This is something my Mother and Grandmother had done before me. However I didn’t want just squares, so came up with my own design or pattern. This is the quilt. One of my daughters currently uses it on her bed:
This is my first quilt, and so far my only patchwork quilt. My mother and sisters and aunts helped me to hand quilt it. Since then I have bought and read many books, articles, and blogs about quilting. I have admired many beautiful quilts created by various friends and family members. I have helped with many tied quilts for family members and Humanitarian projects with the Relief Society, my church’s women’s organization. I have thought about starting another pieced quilt, but knowing my past history with finishing projects, have not gotten past the stages of buying a few pieces of fabric that caught my eye and admiring many beautiful quilt patterns.
This past winter I had the unprecedented chance to take a wonderful quilting class taught by a master quilter for FREE!! I loved it, and was able to make several quilt blocks. I took lots of notes, which I still need to review and transcribe for myself. I did make a few sample blocks to try out techniques etc that were being taught, with the intent to use them for a sampler lap quilt.
Here is what I have. As you can see, I have not done any sewing since the class ended. My first quilting creative goal is to finish this little quilt!