Wednesday, January 27, 2010
My First 2 Quilts (1998-2000)
This is my first quilt as mentioned in my bio. It started with the 2 fabrics that Julie purchased...the tye dye leaf and the lilac/green paisley. I read through my book "Rounds of Friendship" (ISBN 1-875625-01-1) to find some great inspiration and thought "I Can do this"!
The book is about 8 quilter friends who follow a "recipe" and share their quilts around as they follow each stage. Not belonging to any such thing as a quilt group and feeling somewhat apprehensive about joining one I decided to go it alone and just do each stage myself.
I started my centre 12" block by hand as this is what I believed a "real" quilter would do...and as I was convalescing at the time it worked quite well for me...but in the end my desire for faster results won out and I went back to my machine...after all I come from an industrial background.
Julie and I had fun searching for more fabrics and I tried not to buy too much of any one type so it stayed true to the recipe where each of the quilters were to use fabrics from their stash to match back to the previous quilter's round.
I think this project was several months in the making when I decided that I really would like to learn techniques and processes before finishing it, so I joined my first quilt class at Patchwork Dreaming and started a sampler quilt.
This gave me the confidence to finish the recipe (and change a few ingredients on the way!) and also introduced me to one of my favourite patchwork styles...the Sampler.
I love the maths and the precision and what seem to be never ending combinations of blocks and how when a group of patchworkers can all be working on the same blocks, but with fabric choices and positioning they will all look different. Anyway my first sampler quilt is attached photographed with the ginger jar that inspired it.
Here's to inspiration and enough hours in the day to do something with it...