This was the second summer of my retirement. The photo was taken during the last summer I had a vegetable garden. I had developed back problems that were aggravated by gardening. Quilting was the hobby taking more and more of my free time.
I had only started quilting a few years earlier and I was finally getting it all figured out. I can't believe how little I knew about quilting when I first began. I mistakenly assumed that it was pretty much the same as dressmaking. I'm afraid I had quite a comeuppance very quickly.
With dressmaking, I was able to eyeball a 5/8" seam, and everything came out beautifully. I thought I could do the same with the 1/4" seams needed for quilting. I also assumed that every seam should be pressed as soon as it was finished just like I'd been taught to do when sewing other things. In the beginning I didn't even know there was such a thing as a 1/4" quilting foot. With the imprecise seams and the ironing of seams, it's no wonder than my corners and points wouldn't line up.
Needless to say, there were a few quilting disasters. In spite of that I persevered. Quilting is precise!! I think it's that quest for perfection that truly hooked me.
This is the first quilt I was really proud of. It was hand quilted and I spent two years finishing it. I hadn't yet discovered free motion machine quilting. My daughter has this one. Actually she has quite a few of them. She's a quilt thief, and she takes most of the good ones.
I was so nervous doing free motion quilting when I quilted this early lap quilt. In spite of the uneven stitch length and irregular curves, it's still a favorite. I keep it in my bedroom and use it all the time.
Here are just a few of my early quilts. All are my own designs, but they were made before I discovered Craftsy or pattern making.
|Christmas sampler. Pieced and paper pieced. Hand quilted.|
|Wonky houses. Paper pieced with my first fusible web applique for the flowers. Fee motion quilting.|
|Too Much Pink. First pieced sampler. Free motion quilting|
I wonder what the next eight years will bring. I'll have passed my 80th birthday, but I hope I'm still quilting!