Today is the opening day of the Blogger's Quilt Festival!
Please stop by Amy's Creative Side to see all of the wonderful projects and inspiring stories!
My quilt was made a couple of years ago.
I used the pattern Jelly Roll Jive designed by A Graceful Stitch and a couple of jelly rolls from Fig Tree Quilts Urban Indigo line.
At the time this one was made, I was working at my local quilt shop. I had taken several classes and was even teaching the "beginner's" class.
This was my first adventure into piecing a project without being in a class.
This is where I stepped back and said, "Wow! I'm a quilter!" "I can do this!"
After struggling for most of my life with low self esteem and never really being confident in who I was as a person, this was my statement to me, my family and my friends...
"I AM A QUILTER!"
I had some help choosing the background fabric. Marshall, our service and repair guy is great with color. I questioned his choices initially but in the end, I was SEW happy that I listened to his advice! I absolutely love the effects!
Earlier I said that I used a "couple" of jelly rolls...and this is true. The pattern only calls for one, but I made a horrible mistake. I sewed & trimmed the corner triangles (on about half of the required strips) to the wrong side. So, I called the shop and called my husband and had him bring home another jelly roll. Darren was in a panic! He wanted desperately to help, but was afraid that he wouldn't get the right fabrics. Luckily our fabric shop had a wonderful computer program that tracked all fabric purchases and they were able to look up everything that I had purchased for this project.
Sew...I started over.
I finished all of the pieces.
I finished all of the rows.
I sewed the first & second rows together.
I started ripping stitches!
I sewed & I ripped.
Sewed & Ripped.
Finally I took the whole thing into the shop for a lesson on how to pin my points.
(I am a bit obsessive. I don't like to
make leave mistakes. I think this is why I am a quilter...I have a perfectly acceptable outlet for my OCD/Type A personality!)
After several weeks of near insanity (my family was afraid to be in the same room with me) I finally got it!
I sent it off to "My Quilter".
And she did an amazing job!
Can you see the cherries?! I love it!
Sew, I bound it and fell in love! All of my hard work was finished. Even though I thought I wouldn't survive, I learned a lot.
No matter how simple it looks, most things are NOT easy!
When choosing a pattern, look for matching points!
If you need help with color, sometimes it's best to ask a man!
If you don't know how to do something, ASK someone who does!
And I have learned after having taken multiple classes this past year in spinning, weaving, dyeing & knitting that...
I AM A QUILTER!!
A great big "Thank You" to Amy for hosting this Quilt Festival!
So glad you stopped by...