My two dear sisters have tried for years to convince me to start quilting. I balked and drug my feet. I didn't understand the need to cut beautiful fabrics into little pieces just to sew them back together. And the exactness and accuracy required seemed daunting. I have always loved to look at quilts, no matter the style or the maker. Some are truly astounding. But still I didn't understand the joy and fun that quilters everywhere tried to convince me they were having.
Then a good friend got me hooked. Being a crocheter, she asked me to use some of the news yarns she brought into her quilt shop to make a sample shawl. Well, it was a quick project, done in a couple of days. When she put it out for display she suggested instead of paying me in cash she would provide the fabric (at no cost to me) and she would teach me how to do a sampler quilt out of one of Alex Anderson's books. All righty then. We dug through her project leftover stash drawer and then selected some other fabric to be cut specifically to enhance the quilt and the specific quilt blocks. I must admit that I still struggled with cutting fabric into little bitty pieces, but the sewing of the pieces was fun. Deciding on the final layout of the sampler blocks was even more fun. The blocks are together, but sadly the quilt top got packed for a move across the state and still needs its sashing, borders, quilting and binding. But, needless to say, I'm hooked.
I'm not one to follow a pattern exactly - the Alex Anderson quilt being the exception. So the next two quilt tops (one completed and waiting to be long arm quilted by my sister) and the other soon to be completed are rather radical. I used playful bright child prints for both. They definitely are bright and eye catching.
I can't wait to complete this top I'm working on now and then dig out the sampler quilt and get it ready to be quilted. I think I'll try hand quilting it so I can say I made the whole thing myself. Then it will be time to dig through my fabric stash and finish selecting the fabrics for the next quilt. I don't have a specific pattern in mind for it, but since the fabrics I have put together are softer pastels in more traditional prints it will be interesting to see where my pattern design takes me.