I have been sewing and knitting for many years and discovered quilting almost by accident when I took a colour workshop with Kaffe Fassett at my local sewing shop in September 2016. I thought this would be a useful workshop to help me with colour choices for my other crafts. I had never used a rotary cutter and didn't know about cutting WOF strips, how to use the quilting ruler, or any other useful information. The workshop was based on the Bright Squares quilt in Kaffe's Heritage Quilts book - a Round the World / Bargello pattern using 2.5" squares. I cut a lot of very wonky squares that day!
I then did a lot of reading and watched a lot of YouTube videos on patchwork and quilting. I discovered that many quilters wash their fabrics before use and decided that this would be a good idea, so I put all my 2.5" squares into a net bag and put them in the washing machine and ironed them dry before sewing them into a topper for my sideboard. Many of the squares ended up the wrong size and shape but I wrestled them into submission and the result is not too wonky, although the edges are quite wavy because I cut many of the squares into bias strips to make the binding so it would go round the curved front corners. Mistake heaped on top of so many other mistakes! In the words of Jenny Doan "finished is better than perfect" and it's definitely NOT perfect!
My next workshop was Machine Quilting for Beginners in October 2016. The workshop began with cutting a fat quarter into a backing piece and a four-patch for the top piece - I had no clue what that meant and the tutor was exasperated that I was taking a quilting workshop before I knew how to do patchwork.
I asked for The Quilters' Bible (by Linda Clements) and a five-week patchwork course for Christmas 2016. I made four blocks and some flying geese units on the patchwork course in February and March 2017. The blocks were: hand-pieced hexagons; hand-pieced tumbling blocks; machine-pieced log cabin; and machine-pieced Dresden plate (hand-sewn onto the background). My quarter inch seams were so wonky that my flying geese ended up banana shaped and all had to be re-sewn to get them straight. I decided that four blocks did not make a useful quilt so I worked on my own and added some other blocks from Linda's fabulous book. I added four more blocks and some more flying geese following a Precision Piecing workshop with Phillipa Naylor in October 2018. The finished quilt has 12 blocks and is surrounded by a border of flying geese.
I was pleased with the end result of my first sampler quilt and plucked up the courage to enter it into the Festival of Quilts in 2019. It was awarded a "Highly Commended" in the Novice category. I think I can now call myself a quilter.
I live in Great Missenden with my husband.