Where to start…. At the beginning I suppose. Discovering the online modern quilting movement gave me freedom, and a license to quilt without the restrictions of patterns and custom. It gave me a chance to explore my ideas, and use a long dormant creative side of my brain that freedom from patterns/tradition/pressure got me started, yet I realize the need to master the basics. Still working on that!
I started with quilts for my girls. They are such a great audience, as they hold so few pre-conceived notions, and they love pink and purple gifts. You can’t complain with an audience like that. With that thought, I had the confidence to try some new things.
My first quilt I made was in 2011 with the goal of using up purple and yellow fabric that I had left over from making curtains. I had no idea what I was doing. I remember laboriously drawing on the fabric with a pen and 12″ ruler, and cutting 2.5″ blocks one at a time with substandard scissors. I honestly didn’t know there was a better way and it took me a very long time. Its amazing I lived to quilt another day. I also didn’t know that quilts could be “quilted.” All of my family quilts had been tied. Talk about a great learning experience, looking back I think I was crazy, but it was a beginning! This one went to my second daughter, my ‘purple’ child.
Soon after I found the online community. Fresh Lemons Quilts was my first bloglove and Faith opened my eyes to a new side of quilting, one that is creative and liberating. I loved it. I made my second quilt following one of her examples called Poodle Strip, and I was hooked. This quilt belongs to my ‘pink’ daughter.
I finished binding this one while I was in labor with our third daughter. Yes I have three girls. The youngest is now about to turn three, and I owe her a quilt. But she is neither ‘purple’ nor ‘pink’ but a nice mixture of both, should be fun! Here are my monkeys!