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Soma is an amazing pattern designer in her own right. She is especially gifted at creating paper piecing patterns and figuring out how best to draw the lines for ease of sewing, yet still capturing all the wonderful details for her designs. She's also an incredibly sweet, funny, and interesting person. Getting to know her and becoming friends has been one of the highlights of my blogging adventure!
Have you always been good about documenting your quilts and quilted projects? I know a lot of you use your blogs to do just that, but also that many of you kept albums and journals before becoming bloggers.
Although I have sewn almost all my life, especially since the days of 4H Club, it wasn't until 2011 that I made my first real quilt. Pre-blog, I didn't do a very good job of documenting the quilts I made. Usually, I didn't even take photos! I have a tendency to give quilts away as fast as I make them too. So, when it comes to a trunk show of my own quilts, I am at a bit of a loss.
We do still have one of my quilts in our home. It's my very first quilt - a One Block Wonder. I had no idea what I was doing and only knew that I loved Maxine Rosenthal's book and thought I'd take a stack and whack at making a quilt like hers.
Here is a photo of the fabric I started with:
|Ralph Lauren Lakota Paisley in Eucalyptus|
So there it is, in all its wonky wonder: The quilt that started it all for me.
It is made from a heavy, suede-like Ralph Lauren home decor fabric. I didn't know any better. It's so thick wherever seams meet up that I still haven't quilted it. It does have batting. Ha! - Fusible batting that I accidently squashed flat and stiff while ironing. Also, you might get a chuckle out of this, I thought bindings were supposed to be like blanket bindings, so the binding on this quilt is 2 1/2" wide. I did put a 1/4" border on the top first though.
Despite all that, there is something to be said for diving in and giving things a try, even if you don't know what you are doing. This quilt has hung in our living room ever since the day it was
Oh! I also have photos of one more early quilt - a Wavy Log Cabin that I made for our neighbor Rita, after she lost her beloved husband Alan. They were married for a little more than 70 years and still so in love. He made her laugh, always.
I really love Log Cabin quilts. To me, they epitomize everything about the warmth and comfort you associate with quilts. Someday I need to write a blog post about this one and share the foundation paper piecing patterns I made. I made it with Rita's favorite indigo blue colors and she was thrilled with it.
|Rita's Indigo Log Cabin Quilt|
That is just about all the old photos I have for my trunk show. It's a very wee trunk. More like a shaving kit. I'm short on time right now, so am going to refer you to another page: If you'd like to see some of what I've made since I started Buzzinbumbling around, please check out my Good and Done page.
In the meantime, I hope to see you over at Soma's Whims and Fancies!
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