As many of you know, I have been working on old UFO quilting projects. This project is from the same decade as my School House Wall Hanging. I am going to say mid-eighties. You can tell from the colors that my house was earth-tones. This is a lesson on believing in yourself.
I took my first quilt class in 1981 shortly after the birth of my daughter. My mother-in-law watched my daughter for a few weeks until I got a regular babysitter and she wouldn’t take any money, so I got the bright idea to sign both of us up for quilting classes. The class was all templates, hand piecing and hand quilting. I liked the idea of quilting, but it was too labor intensive for me. I put quilting on the back burner and got on with raising my daughter. Soon I added a son to the mix and then I heard about this new thing called the “rotary cutter.” Fast and easy…sign me up.
I signed up for a quilt class at a local quilt shop. I then rushed off to S0-Fro and bought my fabrics. I got to the class and the owner was unhappy. I guess we were to purchase the fabrics for our quilt from her shop. I purchased more fabric, but started on this brown and rust quilt. I was then introduced to the world of one-forth inch seams…WHAT!! I always used five-eights! Well we had some homework and I, the proud quilter, brought my blocks to class only to be told…”You might as well throw those blocks out and start over. You did not use a forth inch seam!” With my tail between my legs, I go back to work using the new fabric I purchased from her shop I then made a quilt for my daughter with mint and peach fabric. My mother hand quilted it and it saw her through “crayons to perfume” (just love the movie “To Sir ,With Love).
As you can see by the picture, Ashley’s quilt is way beyond repair at this point. I still have it on the bed in her old room, just out of sight under the covers. I guess what I am trying to say is DO NOT let anyone keep you from your dreams. Quilting is a huge part of my life and if I had listen to that instructor, the first machine pieced quilt I had ever started would have been thrown away and I may not have ever quilted again. I can not imagine my life without my Quilties! I am headed off to Chris’ to quilt today…good friends with a tie that binds us…Quilting.
Just wanted to share the free hand flower I was practicing on my Snowball and 9-patch quilt. When I went to mark this UFO off my list…I hadn’t even listed it. This make me wonder just how many UFO’s I really have luring in the closet.