Recently I had an opportunity to do a trunk show at my local St. Louis Modern Quilt Guild. Each month this year a member volunteers to bring a collection of their quilts showing the progression of their work from the beginning on through. It was the first time I had done one and a lot of fun to go through my stuff and see my progress. So I thought it would be fun to do a few posts as kind of an online trunk show.
I really didn't begin sewing until almost ten years ago. I didn't know anything about sewing and with two young boys, I wasn't getting out to take any classes. I ended up reading a lot and was fascinated with quilting. I saw a small Christmas sampler by Alex Anderson and decided to give it a try. NOTE: This is the sampler - NOT MINE!
I knew nothing about keeping a consistent 1/4 inch seam. I'm laughing look at this now but when I was starting out I found this really hard and frustrating and everything got thrown into a box in the back of the closet. I kind of gave up the idea of quilting until I was in Walmart one day and saw these fabrics.
I decided even if I was just sewing squares together, I was making a quilt. So I got started and I just kept going. I wanted it to be big enough to wrap around me and the boys to curl up and watch a movie. I stitched in the ditch - kind of.
It's kind of sad looking now and a little embarrassing but I can say I learned A LOT! And doing my own thing and finishing the whole project was really freeing. I figured, I'd just do my own thing and come up with my own designs and see what happened.
My second quilt was made with all recycled fabrics. I'm afraid I don't have a picture of the finished quilt. I'll need to get one from my mom because it went to her. I did put a dark blue border around this and bound it. It was fun to make and I was happy with how it turned out.
I did a quilt for Tom next, quilt number three, and batiks were cool then. So his favorite color was blue and mine green and I put red in the middle for love. HAHAHA.
My fourth quilt was for our daughter, Angela. I just started making blocks and ended up with this. I think it turned out pretty cute. Some are log cabin and some were just randomly "improv" pieced.
I used the left over fabric from Tom's and added a few more bright batiks to make Andrew's, quilt number five, and he picked out the peace sign fabric for the border and backing. It's funny how borders were in. I think quilts mostly look so much nicer without a lot of borders. Especially with how big I made these borders in comparison to the patchwork. Ewww.
Quilt number six went to Sammy. With my sister's help, we rounded up lots of cats fabric for my little Sammy Cat. (His self title when he was little.) I also embroidered the drawing he used to make of Sammy Cat for some of the squares.
With all these first quilts I used polyester batting. I have to say, I much prefer cotton batting. I think it gives the quilts more substance and definitely more warmth without being too much.
Well, that's it for today. Except to say after working on all these quilts, I had the confidence to pull those sampler blocks out, fix them, and add to them ... and everyone got table runners for Christmas that year.
Well, that was fun going back through these though some are a little embarrassing now! I hope you enjoyed. I'll be back soon with some more.