Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Country Hearts

My next quilt is from the same book as my previous blog entry. The book I used was a great way to introduce myself to quilting and to explore this new craft on my own. I knew how to sew already so the instructions were easy to follow.
I dabbled in some applique here. This wallhanging was hand pieced and hand quilted. The 80's weren't complete without the country hearts!
Needless to say, this fabric is far from my taste now and lives in my closet.

Monday, June 16, 2008

In the beginning

I am finally posting to my blog for the first time. The purpose of my blog is to create a diary of my quilting and crafting journey in one place. I've made so many things over the years. My skills have improved and my tastes have changed. I thought it would be fun to re-visit my old creations as well as exploring and sharing new ones.

This first picture is of a sampler I made from a book called Quilting Basics For Beginners. I did not own a sewing machine at the time so it was hand pieced and hand quilted. All the piecing was done using templates traced onto the fabric and then cut with scissors. No rotary cutter and mat used here. Boy I feel so spoiled now with all of the tools and tricks we have these days.

Gotta love the mauve and country blue! Just think, these will be the "retro" colors 30 years from now.