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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.

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Comment by quiltingmama on September 24, 2009 at 1:31pm
Welcome Grace.
My dad only laughed with his brother once about my mom "cutting fabric into little pieces, then sewing them back together". He laughed right up until he saw the beautiful pattern that she'd made for a quilt for a family raffle... then he wanted to win the raffle!! (he didn't win, but he didn't tease my mom anymore either!!)
Comment by Trevi in Texas on September 24, 2009 at 7:45am
Quilters know; what is pleasing to one may not be to all. We love what we love. Playing with fabric need not have more rules than each quilter can abide by. It's what you impose on yourself that matters. Some are only happy if every seam is exactly a quarter inch and every point is sharp, and some (like me) are happy with pretty colors put together in a charming design and hope to learn more with each new project. Welcome, and remember to have fun as you work on your quilts. I'm sure there are many more in your future. You seem "hooked" for good.
Comment by Connecting Threads on September 24, 2009 at 7:32am
Welcome Grace! Sounds like you are already a true quilter....not following a pattern, loving the final layout, trying radical colors, wanting to complete it yourself.....great start!

You might want to take a look at our Newbies group to meet others that are just getting started. But this blog post wall is an excellent place to meet everyone!
Comment by Kathleen/CA on September 24, 2009 at 7:00am
Welcome to quilting! You certainly will enjoy your projects. The more involved you become the more hooked you will get into creating new quilts. Quilting classes are fun because you learn from the participants and also built friendships. I look forward to seeing some photos of your work when you have time to post them. Welcome aboard!
Comment by B J Elder/WA on September 24, 2009 at 6:58am
I had to laugh when I read your comment " I didn't understand the need to cut beautiful fabrics into little pieces just to sew them back together." This is my mother. She just doesn't understand it. She did lots of sewing - we grew up wearing the clothes she would make for us. But quilting? Nope. She is amazed that my sister and I do it and enjoy it. She says it would drive her nuts. LOL She does, however, love the quilt we made her and she always likes to come in and see what I am working on.
Comment by Debbie Snyder/WA on September 24, 2009 at 6:41am
Welcome to the wacky world of quilting and quilters. You will love this site and get sooo much help. All you'll have to do is ask and within minutes, someone will answer you. The main thing I have learned and teach to my students is that you quilt from your heart not your head. Make sure you don't get too hung up in the exactness of piecing, get angry or frustrated and stop. Just have fun with your quilting. As you grow in quilting so will your skills.
Comment by Linda Richards/N. Ontario on September 24, 2009 at 3:45am
Well Grace, welcome to quilt with us. Now get into some of the groups - like the Newbie Quilters. That is where you get to really meet the girls and chat and get their opinion and give yours, etc. It is great and all the groups I am in I find the group fantastic. We have a lot of fun. Looking forward to seeing photos of your work. Happy quilting. Glad you got hooked - like me!!!
Comment by Gayle/La. on September 24, 2009 at 1:21am
Welcome aboard!!! I am sure you are going to have a great time if you let yourself flow freely. I love everything there is about quilting, but mostly I love the way I can relax and unwind when I am quilting. My hubby said he will never understand what joy I get from cutting up perfectly good fabric so I can turn around and sew it back together again.

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