My list of firsts… or when did I become a quilter? Part 2
Posted 29 June 2008on:
It is now time for my second instalment of my list of firsts. But I don’t know where to start. I realize now, I should have just kept writing, and split the post in two, when I was done. Hmmm… I think I was called away, and that is why I ended it off… as well as it was getting quite lengthy.
So where were we…. ah yes… I ended with the pillows… which would have been the Spring of 2006, and the creation of “My Dad’s Quilt”.
In Part 1, I described how I designed the quilt, and posted the EQ version of it.
My quest was to look for eagle fabric. In Canada, it was quite difficult. I was fortunate to find some on eBay. Buying the rose fabric was relatively easier. On a trip to visit my Mom, I stopped at a couple quilt shops in the Greater Vancouver area. I also bought some Moda Marble in different shades of blue.
The background fabric I used some of the 4″ charm squares I bought from eBay, and I also purchased a few quarter yards of tone-on-tone ecru. Each of the three quilts I made was an improvement on the last. I realized when I had finished the first, that some stabilization was needed for some of the shirt fabrics. They stretched unbelievably… my first introduction to bias cuts. If you don’t think fabric stretches on the bias… try cutting a poly type fabric in a half square triangle, and then sewing it to another triangle. So I stabilized with some interfacing I had. I only have pictures of the first two… I wanted to deliver the third, and forgot to take pictures of it before I did. Each rose and eagle on the quilts were stitched around each element. My first attempt at free-motion quilting… but I didn’t know I should be using my darning foot, as opposed to my walking foot. A couple stitches, lift foot, turn, couple stitches… boy… have I learnt a lot. I do not recommend this “technique” for anyone. Putting the corners onto the borders and even adding borders was also a first for me. The pictures I have, do not do these quilts justice.
I found making My Dad’s quilts very therapeutic, and it helped me through the grief. There were times when I wanted to give up, it hurt to remember him, wearing that particular shirt. There were times when I put them aside. Perhaps this summer, when I have a few more of my projects in progress completed, I’ll start working on mine. Now that my quilt’n room is almost complete, I can hang it above my computer.
In April 2006, I participated in a Guild Demo night. They showed us how to do redwork. What fun! I didn’t really think I would do hand-stitchery, just this point in time, my life is very busy. Little did I know. Within 2 weeks, I had a design for my first red-work quilt in mind for my Mom.
In December 2006, I started my first Mystery Quilt. I finished it in February 2008. Before my Mom’s Quilt… Star Bright was my first large quilt. Another first for the Star Bright quilt… I free motioned the entire thing. I had no idea what I was doing… I just did it. Meanders, stars, leaves, and a few other things I can’t remember what I put in.. .the little fellow that received it and his friends searched the entire quilt trying to find them. Star Bright is also the first quilt I sold. It was so sad, because it was sold before I finished it… I never got a chance to enjoy it in its finished form.
The great thing about belonging to a guild… all the opportunities to learn/try something new. For the first two years as a member, I didn’t want to do everything, as I was not interested. Then I realized, I should anyway… one it helps support the teacher, two it is a chance to socialize, three the opportunity to learn something new.
There are several things that are firsts for me. Some I have already written in other blogs. So when did I become a quilter? I’m not entirely sure.
I have found in quilting an inner peace (piece?). It brings its frustrations, but in the end, it is bliss. Now that my quilt room is a little closer to being set-up the way it was intended, I will find it a much joyous place to be.
When did you become a quilter?