I have been quilting since my Aunt Cheryl taught me when I was 20. Granted, I haven't been doing it continuously since then, but she got me started.
My very first project was huge! I thought it would be a great gift for the owners of the company I worked for in Houston. I really didn't know what I was getting myself into. AND I committed to having it ready for a Christmas present. I gave each of the salons in the company a 15" piece of fabric & told them they could do anything to it but it had to be permanent. Boy, I didn't know anything! I got blocks with glued on sequins, blocks that were painted, blocks that were embroidered...you get the picture. Sewed the whole thing together, hand quilted it & bound it. (the cutie-pie at the top holding the quilt is my baby sis)
I only finished one other quilt after that, while I lived in Houston. One for the guy I was dating at the time. It was very basic and handquilted. I moved away from Houston and didn't do any sewing for a long time. It wasn't until I moved to Washington that I really started quilting again.
I made a couple simple baby quilts and one that was beyond my skill level at the time for my then-boyfriend. (Hmmm...giving a quilt to a boyfriend = kiss of death for relationship. I need to remember that.)
When I started working for my current employer ten years ago, I really started getting back into it. My friend Jude introduced me to my first Block of the Month (BOM) club and I have been doing them ever since (with a one- to two-year absence for working out of town). I just recently finished my very first BOM from 2003-quilted & bound too!
This year, I am doing three different BOMs and looking at doing an online one as well. I may have over-committed myself this time! Here's one that I just finished last night. It's called Atlantis.
I finish lots of quilt tops, but it takes me a long time to get them quilted. I have no idea when I will get this one quilted or how I am going to do it. All I know is that it will be very cool when I do!
I am sure I could go on forever, but I will save it for another post. I rambled a bit here. I guess I will get the hang of this blogging thing sooner or later!
Piece out! (get it?)