Sunday, November 28, 2010

My Quilt Journey...Jack's Quilt

When I was in high school I had a friend named Debi, who is still one of my dearest friends. Debi had 4 sisters. They were so close and they all quilted together. Their mom was quite a crafter.  I had been a sewer since the fifth grade. I made all my own clothes and so I knew I could sew. I had decided when I got married I wanted my family to be like Debi's. I was going to have 5 daughters and we would all do crafts together. 
A year later I met my husband,  we got married two years later and went on to have 4 children...ALL BOYS!. There would be no family crafting in my future. Instead we had great fun with soccer, basketball, water polo, volleyball and ice hockey. My life was filled with sweat socks and cooking. Team mom duties and carpools. I wouldn't trade it for anything. 
Always in the back of my mind I still wanted to learn to quilt. So I set a goal that when my youngest started  kindergarten I would take up quilting. That was 1988...and I didn't start quilting until 2003! In those 15 years I learned to tole paint, scrapbook (still love it),  and cross stitch. I took up gardening and baking as hobbies, too. Still no quilting.

Then in 2003 I planned a baby shower for my daughter-in-law. She knew they were having a boy so I decided to use little boy themed fabrics as tablecloths and then I would make a quilt out of them. I had no clue what I was doing and it shows. But here is my first quilt.

I didn't know what I was doing and I didn't have any of the correct supplies, like a rotary cutter, cutting mat or an instruction book. I didn't know there were quilt stores and that fabric from JoAnn's fabrics was not good enough. 
I've learned a lot since then and hopefully it will show in my "Quilt Journey". I plan to post one quilt a week to show you my progress.


Geri said...

Can't wait to see all the quilts - I may have missed a few along the way. Why isn't fabric from Joanne's good enough? Just curious as i know NOTHING about quilting! said...

Not high quality. Too thin and just not good enough for something to last 100 years. They do have a very limited number of choices, tho.

Karen said...

It was a long time before I learned to make quilts. I sewed since I was in sixth grade or earlier. I can't remember. My aunt made quilts. My mother knew how but did not much care to. I finally took the plunge when a quilt shop opened near my home, though I made a quilt before then. Now I no longer make clothing and most sewing is quilts. Hope you enjoy your quilting journey. said...

Thanks Karen...I am totally addicted now and no longer make clothing either, except the occasional Halloween costume.