My mom was not a quilter. She sewed garments-and with four daughters, she did a lot of sewing. She taught me at an early age to make my own skirts and dresses. Over the years, I also developed a love for sewing bags, curtains, and small gifts.
Yikes! Quilts have a lot of pieces.
|I am not a proud quilter. I use stickies
to remind myself when I've gone astray.
(Future potholder fodder….)
|The top needs a final pressing and
then I'm ready to start quilting.
Pattern: Bloomin' Steps
from Hummingbird Highway.
When I had my two daughters, I sewed frequently for them. Even though they are now adults, I continue to sew for them. Last month I stitched them matching summer shirts—which were well received.
As you can imagine, working for Stitch has been a daily delight.
But, growing up, I didn't know any quilters. My grandmother knit extensively. (As do I.) My sisters and I dabbled in every craft that passed along-macramé, cross-stitch, needlepoint, and ceramic painting. However, no quilting.
Then, about ten years ago, I found myself adrift in a sea of quilters. Even though I was very adept at setting in sleeves, I knew nothing about sashes and borders and echo quilting.
So I set out to learn. I took a few classes at my local quilt store, bought some books, and began to quilt. First a few small lap quilts, then a placemat, and finally a full-size quilt.
I loved the fabrics and I found I loved the process. I moved gracefully from setting in two sleeves to creating 160 (Yes! 160!) half-square triangles. After years of working with 5/8" seams, I learned to make a precise ¼" seam.
And now I am transitioning from Stitch to Quilting Arts here at Interweave. I've recently accepted the position as managing editor for the Quilt Group, which includes Quilting Arts, Modern Patchwork, and QuiltScene, as well as Quilting Arts TV.
It is hard to say goodbye to my daily interaction with the Stitch community, but Amber has promised me a few guest blogs, so I'll be back to visit soon enough.
And if there is anything I have learned, it is that one of the best ways to learn is to watch an expert. If you're interested in making a great bag, check out Linda Lee's new DVD, How to Sew a Bag that's Sturdy + Stylish.
Clothes or quilts—which came first for you? I'd love to know!
Happy stitching … and quilting!
Learn the techniques of how to make a durable and stylish downtown bag