Inspiring Quilters, Stitch by Stitch
Bridget, you start the most interesting topics! I too am interested to hear what everyone made for their first quilt and why.
As for me (sorry I'm "long-winded"): I was in my mid-twenties home visiting parents in rural Middle Tennessee. I lived in Memphis, and missing the "country life" and at the age where I now appreciated my heritage and all it had to offer, one thing of which was quilting (grandmother and mother were quilters). I saw a pattern for making a Dresden plate type of applique using men's ties while thumbing through a magazine on a visit "home: .. I took that and modified it to use scraps from tops and dresses I had sewn, and made a quilt top, which my Mom quilted for me. This was 1990.
I did a few quilt tops after that, but didn't get back into quilting unti 2009 again!
Thanks, Angie. I like to keep conversations going, although in this group there are a lot of discussions. I think four pages of them. Anyway, I love your story! I did a blog post (LONG) about what got me started quilting in the first place. No one in my family is a quilter and I didn't pick it up until I was in my mid-40's.
I love the Dresden plate types of quilts; I just went back to your pictures to see if it's there...it turned out really nice! A large quilt for a beginner! Do you still use it? It must have been fun using fabric from other things you've sewn. I never learned how to sew, but I was thinking about making a log cabin using fabrics from many of the quilts I've made. A lot of fabric I've given away, but my scrap box still has a lot to choose from. It will probably look ugly because my tastes vary widely. Can you picture brights, 30's, and Asian in the same quilt?
The thing that drew me to quilting in the first place was how beauty could be made out of random scraps thrown together in a pattern and made into something beautiful and useful. I love scrap quilts for these reason.
Finally home from church. Angie, I love your description of quilting. That is right on the money. My first quilt was a wall hanging I made in my senior activity center class. It's still a quilt top waiting to be finished. If I just sew a back on it without the batting, can you still consider it a quilt?
I used to be totally into my crochet and beading, but now quilting has taken center stage, back stage, front row, balcony, the entire theater.
And yes, Bridget, I can picture all those fabrics and times in the same quilt. Let us know when you finish.
Garnie, since I happen to be a member of the quilt police (HAHAHA-just joking!) I do believe one thing...technically a quilt is considered a quilt when it has three layers. Check out the word "quilt" in the dictionary; it says 2 layers with batting in the middle. The one exception would be crazy quilts, but they are traditionally pieced on Muslin and then backed without batting.
But really, who cares? It's your quilt and you can do what you want...these days with the popularity of art quilts it seems that there are no rules and anything goes.
I do like to learn the proper or traditional way of doing things, and then I'll change what I want to change; I just want to know the right way first.
I love it and agree with you. HA HA HA.