|My baby quilt|
|The graphic look of this quilt makes it seem quite modern - even though it is now an antique!|
|I love the little ditsy prints. This was made with love, not great skill. Perhaps my inability to match up seams is inherited!|
Over the years, I had tried my hand at making quilts, but I did pieced tops, and then tied them together. I made a small baby tied-quilt in the early 1980s, and then a few other tops, including one I made from upholstery fabric. What was I thinking?
In 1999, I got the idea that my daughter, then 10, would love to sew and quilt. I signed us up for a beginner quilt class at Joanne Fabrics. We made two different 3 inch blocks, a nine-patch and a half-triangle block and sewed them together.
|The nine-patch and half triangle blocks|
|A close up of my laughable hand quilting.|
|My finished little sampler.|
|The blue from the little sampler has faded to grey.|
|The flower fabric from the little sampler.|
|I started with some machine quilting - still a challenge, although practice has improved my free motion skills.|
|I made sure to sign this quilt, with permanent ink pen. My binding skills have also improved greatly since 2001.|
|The quilt may be old and faded, but Chester still enjoys it.|
I have great difficulty buying just a little bit of fabric. I had no idea that a fat quarter was actually a good amount of fabric. I have yards and yards of some fabric. Indeed, the scrappy string quilt, which is in the process of being quilted, contains many remnants from those initial quilts.
|The string quilt, ready to be pinned. I hope to have this quilted by the end of the month.|
|The strawberry fabric, and the little blue and red fabric made it into this scrappy quilt!|
|So did the lady-bug fabric!|