My friend (and neighbor) Lois and I belong to a quilt guild and a needlework guild. My favorite part of the meetings is "Show and Tell" ... where everyone gets up and shows off their latest finished quilt/project. It's mostly "show", but there's usually a little bit of "tell". As much as I enjoy seeing the finished project, I wish we could hear a little more about it and about the quilter.
Today we're having "Show and Tell" here on ENBFH (Empty Nest but Full Heart) with plenty of "tell". ;-)
As most of you know, I'm a quilter. I started quilting when my paternal grandmother gave each of her grandkids a pieced quilt top. My mom insisted that I help her with the quilting ... since the finished quilt would be mine. I really don't remember very much about quilting that quilt (I was 18 and no doubt thought that I was way too busy to spend time quilting). Nevertheless, I loved that quilt ... and used it until it fell apart.
Fast forward to 1982 when, on a whim, I decided to make DD a quilt. I've always sewn (I'm no seamstress, but I sewed a lot of my clothes through high school and a lot of DD's clothes when she was little), so I figured how hard could it be to make a quilt? I made a log cabin quilt, using the barn raising setting. I made a couple of other quilts in the mid-1980's and discovered counted cross stitching. For the next 10+ years, I preferred counted cross stitching because I could frame them myself and have pretty wall art that I had made myself ... and because I could finish the project a whole lot more quickly than I could finish a quilt. No patience here ... I'm all about the instant gratification! ha!
When my DD announced that she was pregnant with T#1, I just had to make a baby quilt. When he was moved from the crib to a "big boy bed" in anticipation of the arrival of T#2, I had to make him a "big boy quilt" ... and thus I rediscovered my love of quilting. I've made each of the Ts a baby quilt, and I've made big boy/girl quilts for T#1, T#2, and T#3 (I've got the fabric for T#4).
Speaking of T#3's big boy quilt, I finished it earlier this month. I did straight stitching, down the middle of each strip ... to accentuate the zig-zag piecing.
Now I'm working on another quilt, one for DSIL. I've been reporting on it the last couple of weeks, and I thought I ought to share a picture of it in progress.
The top picture is the quilt top (I use a 16" lap hoop); the bottom picture is a picture of the back (which gives a better picture of the quilting pattern I'm using).
Like I mentioned, a big girl quilt for T#4 is next on my agenda. After I've finished it, I'm definitely going to make a quilt for DH & me. Of all the quilts I've made (from start to finish), not a single one has been for myself. I've got the fabric for that one, too. ;-)
This afternoon DH & I removed our old desks from the office and are in the initial stages of setting up a sewing area.