I was going through some of my quilts and ran across a few that are……..well……..let’s just say, I think I’ve improved with my quilting over the years!
I’ll start with my first quilt. Now, I was someone that told my sister (I was a teenager) that “I WILL NEVER MAKE A QUILT!!!” Anyway, years later my Aunt found some blocks in my grandmothers attic that had been hand pieced by my Great grandmother, well, since I was always sewing clothing, craft items ect. she sent these things to me. I told my mom “What am I supposed to do with them??????? Jo’s the quilter” As time (years) went by, I finally decided to do SOMETHING with them, so I appliqued them down onto white muslin sewed the blocks together and hand quilted it. I didn’t know what binding was, so I just brought the fabric from the back around to the front and sewed it down. Wahlah! It was done and I was hooked on quilting!
I was now ready to start another quilt!! I went to a quilt show and they had baggies that had directions for a block and the fabric in them. I bought about 25 of these baggies of blocks. Home I went and hand sewed the blocks together. Then I hand quilted it. It took me 12 months to complete the quilt. (I still didn’t know what a binding was! LOL!!)
After making that one, I took a quilt class and learned what a rotary cutter and ruler were. Thank goodness!!
Anyway, here’s one that I made years later, I quilted it shortly after getting my longarm. Now you need to know that back then there were very few books, videos ect. on longarm quilting. I bought Linda Taylors videos and Marsha Stevens videos and those were the only ones I knew of. Actually, the only quiltin books were for DSM’s not longarms. Oh well, I really thought my feathers looked good! OH HOW WRONG I WAS!!!!! Look at these big honkin feathers! Oh my gosh!!!! I put feathers in the colored blocks and stippled in the black areas. I think someday I’ll take those feathers out and quilt something different in there! See, I can do small feathers now! This is the last thing I’ve made.
Here’s a throw size quilt that I made one time. I forgot about it. I made it for a guild challenge one time. And the back. It’s not one I’ll ever make again. I about lost my mind trying to keep all the circles in the correct spot!
Well, I think I’ve improved with my quilt making and machine quilting over the years!! Don’t you think? I do get a good laugh when I look at some of these!! I guess we all have to start somewhere!!
Oh, I did finish the monster quilt top. How’s this?
OK, I will stop boring you with my trip down quilting memory lane!
Have a great day!
3 thoughts on “I think I’ve improved. HA HA!!”
That was fun!!
It’s great to look back! (A bit embarrassing for me), but you’re right we had to start somewhere!
I’m intriqued by your guild challenge quilt.. It looks VERY interesting. Any idea where the pattern came from?