Thankful for that very first quilting class I took back in the Fall of 2009. I made this Pinwheel Quilt adapted from More Quilts for Babies by Ursula Reikes.
I found myself revisiting the basics from this class as I start to prepare my list of summer projects I want to accomplish. Spring is such a busy time for teachers (and parents) and I feel summer at hand's grasp...but still far enough away that I'm only getting in one day of sewing right now. (I hand sew in the evenings on weekdays...kinda like many of you may knit or crochet.) As I unearthed my beginner's book that was recommended: Machine Quilting with Alex Anderson for our continued learning, I reviewed all the basics of quilting once again and studied the seven exercises, projects and full-size quilting patterns. I also found these notes in my notebook:
|Each of these are 12" blocks. The finished quilt 52" x 64".|
Some fabric "tips" worth remembering:
1. You generally want atleast four colors in your "focus" fabric.
2. Don't have any "orphan" fabric...fabrics should be used more than once.
3.Every quilt should have a "sparkle" fabric.
4. Use a neutral thread color. Perhaps white or beige for light and medium fabrics; grey for dark fabrics. (100% cotton) I pieced this one using a light grey and it was quilted using red.
I've realized as I look back, how much I've grown as a quilter in the past 5 1/2 yeas. What was once new vocabulary: Omnigrid, quilter's safety pins, sashing, borders, and applique to name a few, are staple language now. I've worn bored with my early magazine subscriptions to: Am. Patchwork&Quiting, Fons and Porter, Love of Quilting. (Thanks mom for those subscriptions!) Do you have any NEW subrscriptions to recommend??
So even though I'm not getting in as much sewing as I want right now, I'm thankful to be a quilter and humbled to remember my beginnings. Have you looked back lately? I know many of you have had quilting passed down through generations, some of you are self taught, others have taken a beginner's class like me. Please do comment and share your beginnings as a thankful quilter. (And if you are inspired to, or have written a past post on the subject...please feel welcome to leave your link in the comments so we can stop by.)