Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Once Upon a Time . . .my quilts didn't look at all like what I do now!

I remember cutting the strips for this quilt by marking the fabric with a pencil and then cutting with my best scissors. I cut so many strips that day I had enough for about 5 quilts of various sizes.
Evolution is mounted on an artists stretcher frame and is in a private collection.

Years ago one of the most popular ways to learn to quilt was to make a sampler quilt.
This is one of the sampler quilts I taught and made almost 30 years ago. It won several awards but it would not me a match for today's competition.
It was very difficult to even find this many coordinating fabrics at that time.
It now sits on a shelf awaiting the binding being reversed. I put on a double binding and will take it off and reverse it. The biggest problem is I did tiny hand stitches on the back of the binding that it will take me forever to remove them from this king size quilt. At that time the batting of choice was polyester batting. It is now flatter that a layer of muslin after using and washing it repeatedly.

We are SO lucky to have the wonderful fabrics we have today.

I have a collection of photos of me given to me by people in my classes. I call them my less than lovely photos. As I look back at this one from over 15 years ago I don't think I look half bad! I knit the sweater I am wearing and the quilt is one of my Fan Samplers.
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Rayna said...

We must have a mental telepathy line traveling to and from our brains. How funny!

BTW - you are gorgeous as a blonde!

Kay Koeper Sorensen said...

A blonde? Who's a blonde?
I'll always be a red head at heart!

Dolores said...

Isn't it nice to see where you've been in the quilt world and where you are now? A visual history.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I think we starting quilting about the same time in our lives. I remember when we had to cut everything out with scissors and used cardboard templates. And 100% cotton fabric was so hard to find. BUT you are an artist, and have far exceeded some of us crafters.

Barbara Strobel Lardon said...

It is amazing how far we have come as quilters from the days of templates and hand quilting! I was thinking the other day why didn't I get more quilting done while I was a stay at home mom. Well....first of all I had three kids at home and secondly I only made bedsized quilts, pieced with templates and scissors and then hand quilted them. Whew!

Leslie said...

I quit quilting when I was 20 after making a king sized Flying Geese Strippy Duvet cover with cardboard templates and Gingher scissors. I said NEVER AGAIN! and I haven't, LOL

Freedom to create REAL ART in fabric, rotary cutters, paper piecing and all the other wonderful innovations brought me back 12 years ago.