I decided to have a week or so of scheduled post as there is usually not much to write in the beginning days of a trip – also this is forcing me to unplug for a little bit and take a forced vacation from the blog. We are all so dependent on the internet — some of us more so than others. When did I get this way? – so addicted to blogging, reading others blogs and being on line in general! So I kind of challenged myself to just write up a couple post to space out for a week or so and then start to blog again in a bit after I have a chance to see things and decide what to share!
Here is an old quilt that I made back in 1998 – at that time I was making about one big quilt a year – and many baby quilts. I think I had already made about 7-8 big quilts and some where as not bad — were not great – I taught myself how to quilt and never have taken a class which is why I have big fat binding from the sewing department of the fabric stores and not hand made on these quilts – I didn’t know any better!! All fabric was still being cut out by scissors and paper templates and I was finally actually looking at quilting magazine to try to figure how to do better. I didn’t always have a sewing machine so some of these old quilts of mine the binding was even sewn on by hand. Most were all made with hand piecing. I made my first quilt in 1974 which would make everyone laugh at my attempt I no longer have it but one of my brothers does and he calls it my humility quilt to remind me that I didn’t know what I was doing!!
This quilt was from an international fabric swap of 5 inch charms from early internet days – I think I collected the fabric for a whole year before I started to make it – I don’t’ even remember now what those on line groups were called or how I found them – no two pieces are the same (except the white background of course) it is about 75 inch square I believe but I didn’t measure it when I was taking photos of it and another outside. I do not believe I had my quilting frame at that time – I think I used a hoop.
Hand pieced and hand quilted. I didn’t have a name for it and just refer to it as a Charm Quilt.
I am tempted at times to take that binding off and make a new binding for it – but it is an old quilt to me now so why bother and just keep it as is. It shows I have come a ways in my quilting making.
I didn’t twirl those seams and I didn’t always press my seams! so I do have lumpy areas where those seams of the stars meet up in the middle.
But some how just a couple years after I got started I knew how to do a rocking stitch and got pretty good stitches – I guess it just came natural.
Within just a couple years after I made this quilt I had taught myself through magazines and Alex Anderson’s HGTV show the correct way to make binding, I got a rotary cutter and a mat, rulers and took off from there. My blog starts in 2007 and I certainly knew what I was doing by then and actually sold several quilts by that time. I don’t make my quilts to sell often but still do sell now and then through a contact I made in Little Rock. I have another old quilt to show next time.