Have you heard of the social media trends, #crafttheletter or #throwbackthursday #TBT?
Today, we’re doing both…AND talking about quilts–
Today is brought to you by the Letter ‘A’—
The first letter of the alphabet and my first quilt. (Be kind…it takes a bit of courage to show one’s first quilt.)
There are a lot of lessons tied up in this first quilt.
WHY I STARTED QUILTING
It all started in 1991, when I was expecting twins and was put on bed rest. On the way home from the doctor’s appointment I picked up the book, Quilts! Quilts! Quilts! by McClun and Nownes and a little fabric.
I added fabric that I had in my home dec stash and started quilting…
Don’t use home dec fabrics in quilts–They have a coating to keep them clean that makes them very difficult to stitch.
Don’t use the least expensive and plainest white muslin you can for the backing–thinking it doesn’t show anyway.
Consider spending more than 20 minutes basting a quilt (especially if it’s going to be hand quilted.)
Don’t begin hand quilting in the corner.
Don’t try to hand quilt through dense and coated home dec fabrics.
Don’t be penny wise and pound foolish on anything that will take more than 200 hours to make!
Don’t worry about all the mistakes above. There’s nothing better to curl up with than a well-loved, quilt with a pilled back and frayed edges!
YOUR FIRST QUILT
What was your first quilt?
Why did YOU start quilting?
Do you have a picture of your first quilt?
We’d love to hear!
PS…Yesterday, we had an official practice of The Webinar: Meander No More: Learn to Free Motion Quilt With Confidence …and I’m really excited! There are more than 150 photos and 150 yards of information…I think YOU are going to LOVE it! Don’t wait to sign up…Even if you can’t attend the class, the link will be sent to you within a week along with all the supplemental information. (Sorry, no DVDs available of this presentation.)
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