Monday, February 28, 2011

1st quilts

 This doesn't really count as a quilt, but, it's wall hanging... quilted...  
I must have been 17-18 years old.. because I recall digging out that black fabric
from my mother's stash... I wanted to REVAMP my PINK bedroom with some other 
cool colors like BLACK!  
I hand pieced it, then I must have put two layers of poly fill in this because
it's LOFT is about 2.25" thick...
I remember thinking when I quilted it, how on earth do people do whole quilts like this,
one single stitch at a time...

Like all the puckers?

It never made it on my wall...

When I was 19,  this was my official first Quilt,.  It was a gift for my niece, and it went on
to not only be loved by one, but two nieces... See how ratty it is?  
It has been repaired so many times by my mother... It barely holds together anymore, 
yet it is still being loved...
It was very cheap cotton, probably from Kmart or Shopko (do they have those here?)
I had no idea what I was doing, 
and I made it up as I went along...
Sound familiar, somethings never change...
I kept adding to it to try to make it bigger... 
As quickly as I could and as simply as I can...

and no, surprisingly it was not king size... it was barley twin size..
hehe!

At the time, I was teaching preschool... yeah, I put off college for one year thinking I would
rather work than go to school... that got old real quick, and soon after I started College...
where they promptly told me QUILTING was a craft not art...

but I managed to get in a few QUILTS into one of my Art shows by 
painting direct on the fabrics...
using acrylics on the tree, and ink on the figure...
Funny enough, I had no idea about ART quilts then...

Also, I think I got my mother to hand quilt them...
Again, I didn't know how to bind, so ALL of these were pillow turned... 
See how wonky shaped they are?  hehe...
Live and learn...


2 comments:

  1. Your quilting journey makes me smile. Even tho you have traveled light years, your spirit has not changed. Glad you persisted!

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  2. The artist and quilts - meshing together. Nice to see the spark where it all began.

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