|Old Faithful-made in England-I love this machine|
When I married at 21, I went on to make a lot of my husband's shirts (in calico of course because it was the 70's). I also started to make applique pillows. They were my own design and were really "art" pillows. I also designed a wall hanging done in my rather funky style and gave it as a wedding gift. In the late 70's I took an Eleanor Burns "Quilt in a Day" class and made hand tied quilts for everyone in my family and me too. I recently saw my son's quilt when I helped him move last year. We used a lot of sheets for backings at the time-I have not saved any of those treasures (and neither did anyone else except my son and I don't think he saved it on purpose) but I do still have the first pieced quilt I made:
|Faded and wear weary but still special to me|
|Hand quilted hearts|
I went to college about then and didn't fit quilting in again for almost 20 years. Two years before I retired from a career in education, I took a class at our high school and made my first granddaughter a pink flannel baby quilt in the Irish Chain pattern and have been quilting ever since. My favorite quilt so far is this one:
|Middle of quilt pattern by Janice Ellertson|
I loved the challenge of making this quilt and changing the materials and pattern to make it my own.. I had to completely dismantle the checked border (that I designed) to make it hang right.
I can't wait to see where my quilting journey will take me. I feel as if I have just begun this experiment in fabric and only wish I were 30 years younger so that the ride would last longer-however, that could be dangerous:) Quilting has become such a part of my life, I know I could never put it down again-it would be like losing an old friend.
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