Needle & Foot:
I could tell you about my very first quilt again (hmm, will have to go back and find that post) which I made for my Barbies, at about age 10/11, where I cut squares from my Mum's scrap bag, sewed them by hand, flipped them right sides out, stuff each little 'pillow' with a piece of nylon (yep, pantyhose!) sewed the opening shut and then painstakingly sewed each little pillow together to make a quilt for my Barbie. However, I was only a child, and IMHO that's pretty damn genius to have figured that all out on my own. My mum was not a quilter. Where I got the love of quilts from so young an age, I'm not sure, though I remember loving my grandma's one lone quilt she made, a wool heavy one she'd tied, made of large, maybe 8" squares, of black and red, very simple. I believe the wool came from old worn-out coats. I wish I had that quilt, but no one knows what happened to it.
Here's the blunder. Made in 1998 or 99. From a distance it's meh, not so bad. This is what my family calls 'The Farm Quilt' and it did go on many a camping trip. I didn't care if it smelled like woodsmoke or got dirty because I was kind of embarrassed about the thing. It is the second quilt I made following Bethany Reynolds' Stack 'n Whack method where you stack repeats of fabric atop each other, six or eight deep, and slice them, in this case, into equilateral triangles. I'd made one quilt, that was a resounding success, that started my 'career' lol of teaching classes to members of my guild at that time. This was not so successful.
This quilt method was one that Lori, of Lori's Fabric Cottage, now renamed to Lori's Country Cottage, in Sherwood Park, asked me to teach. She supplied the fabric at a reduced rate (not free!) and I was to teach a class. Well, I didn't have much of any lead time, so she said did I have one similar that I could hang in the shop to show people. All I had was this one, which I knew wasn't a good example. The first one wasn't quilted yet, and she wanted a quilted product.
The problem, which you may notice from the photo above, is that the pattern in the fabric isn't large enough to 'disappear' to form swirling patterns. You can understand this perhaps by looking at the centre of the block where that does happen in the correct way.
I sewed and quilted it on my 1979 Elna Air Electronic. You can see my not so flowing, not-so-free motion quilting!
I did pretty decent (and this is just eye-balling, no curved rulers back then) arcs in the stars:
Here is the entire back. The quilt is lovely and soft, and is currently in use on our loveseat in the living room, upon which the animals relax in the evening!
I hope you'll visit both blogs, perhaps write up a blunder story of your own (or tell it in the comments at Bernie's blog) or write up the story of a quilt from before you started blogging.
Pattern: 'Hexagon Star' Stack 'n Whack by Bethany Reynolds
Size: 53.25 X 60"
Fabric: Cranston VIP and Northcott
Batting: Warm 'n Natural
Threads: pieced and quilted with Gütermann 100% cotton
Oh, and in case you want to see/read about the Stack 'n Whack quilt that I did make with Lori's fabric and for the one that did work with the farm fabric, go here:
Quilting & Learning - What a Combo!
Needle & Foot