I have been sewing since I was in my “tweens,” even before I “learned how” in Home Ec. (Yes, we had Home Economics classes in Jr High School back then!) This preliminary instruction stood me in good stead when I joined a medieval recreation group when I was 16 and I started making my own “costumes.”
In the mid-1980s, I fell in love with a Double Wedding Ring quilt that I had seen in a department store. The problem was that it was light (30s/40 repro) colors on an unbleached muslin background: and I had a black cat.
I thought to myself: “It’s flat. How hard can THAT be?” So I went out to the fabric store, bought some cottons (and to this day I don’t know how I managed to buy 100% cottons in an era when most of the fabrics being shown were cotton/polys), a book, and I was off.
I used cardboard templates, as the book instructed, and cut the pieces out by scissors. The quilt was pieced by hand on the train on my way to work, then by machine, then by serger.
It’s a miracle it all fit together when I finally pieced the top in response to a challenge by my quilters’ guild. I finally completed it in 2011, long after my black cat, Wacket, had passed away.
Since then, I have made many quilts, some simple, some not so much. I’ve actually finished quite a few. I’ve worked by hand, machine (Domestic Sewing Machine or DSM), and long arm (although I’m just a beginner there.) I piece, applique, and machine quilt. I have handquilted some in the past, but I’m very slow at that!
I love trying new things and seeing where they take me. This blog is about that journey.
p.s. The name of my blog: Quilting, Piece by Piece, came from my etsy shop and my jewelry business: Piece by Piece Jewelry. I’m not as active in that as I used to be, but I hope to be so again.