I'll start with the beginning. I took a beginner class in quilting and completed a rail fence quilt, in colours to match my home decor - browns, reds, some greens.. earthy homey colours.
Beautiful, but it just wasn't my thing. I loved the class because it taught me all of the basics such as straightening fabric, cutting tips, mathematical tips, basting, binding, etc. I recommend anyone to take a beginner course just for that head start. I found the quilt boring though. And I think it's the fabrics that totally uninspired me.
After discovering the plethora of fabrics online, initially through ebay, I purchased a few charm packs and strip sets in a bunch of modern colours, modern designs. Ones that excited, inspired and motivated me to get started. This is where my featured quilt comes into play.
I saw an online tutorial for a disappearing 9 patch and went with it. I pieced together, and improvised my way along until I used up all of my fabric and I had a square quilt top done. And alas, it was too small and needed more fabric.
Taking it to my local quilt shop, the owner there helped me choose the turquoise, green and brown borders to highlight the inside blocks. What was really motivating is that she had never seen a quilt done in these colours before and she just loved it. So much in fact, that when I returned to the store about a month later, lo and behold a quilt with the same colour combinations on display there! Coincidence or not.. I don't know, but I'll make it my story.
The quilt is simple - it shows my first stipple around the border, and I did straight echo stitching around the outer blocks. The cotton chenille was a pain to work with - the fluff was everywhere - in my nose, upstairs, in my clothes...but I love the texture it gives.
This quilt is my favourite, not because of the fabrics or the pattern or the final effect, but more of a personal one. It represents a turning point for myself personally - finally finding something that was my joy (aside from husband, kids and family of course) that was all about me...not pleasing for someone else, or benefitting someone else, but all about me. Becoming a wife and mother is one of the most incredible gifts I've been given in my life, but in the process I've lost a bit of myself and my own interests in trying to juggle my "roles". Quilting is something only I know how to do in this house, I get to choose the fabrics and patterns, I get to splurge and have a little shopping guilt. I no longer hide behind my passion and call myself jokingly "granny Andrea" with that little bit of embarassment because I like to quilt. Now, when I quilt, I am Andrea. I love to quilt. I am a quilter.
This quilt represents the time when quilting became my passion, and it marks the beginning of my quilting joy and journey, of me living my life a little more for myself. *remember to click on the photos for more detail
and of course, you may be thinking...well, if this isn't her favourite quilt, which one is?
It's this one. It made me feel like a real quilter. The blocks were super simple, the colours totally fun and bold, and the machine quilting is what I'm so very proud of.