I had nothing to say today... So I decided to read around the ring (After my computer finally started to work at about 9:50) first. Well wouldn't you know, Vicky of LA Quilter blogged about her getting into quilting... & I decided that I could too... Sort of!
Once upon a time ago, I was a cross stitcher. (I started more of those that I finished too & I have cross stitch PIGS & to do patterns still! You never know the earth could spin out of its axis & I'd want to start cross stitching again...) Then one summer around 2000 I decided that I was going to start quilting. No pattern called to me, no LQS begged me to visit, no friends quilted, etc. So went to Michaels & bought a charm quilting book. (I was not going to do a traditional charm quilt, just use the shapes.) So I went to JoAnnes and bought some blue fabrics - CALICO's and a Judaic print - WHO KNEW? In the mean time, I was a cashier at Giant & during the lulls, I would draw on paper towels - quilting patterns. (The paper towels had hexagons quilted into it & my charm template pack had hexagons.) So I drew - are you ready a "Star." I traced my templates onto freezer paper, glued it to my fabric and was off. I had no idea on how to piece them together - but finially figured out something that would "work." (I cut with rotary cutter & only nicked myself a little bit...)
After creating innumerable charms, I searched the internet for a "quilt guild." (No idea how I knew there was such an animal.) & joined right up! I also signed up for the first class that they had - applique with Karen Kay Buckley. Boy was I in over my head. (I bought the WRONG fabric at Joannes, etc.) I learned a lot - the best thing was how to keep my needle on the top of the project. (I had been a cross stitcher - remember & this was my FIRST quilting class.) I bought her sampler book.
Meanwhile at the quilt, one of the gals gave me her old sewing machine. So the hexagons were NEVER touched again! (Someone adopted them when I had to downsize in 2005.)
I went home and bought fabric for a sampler quilt at Joannes - NO CONTRAST and started a few blocks - HATED IT! Turned it into a cat pad, by "birthing" it with fleece. I think if someone "Made" me make a sampler it would be absolute torture for me to this day. (But a beginner's class on it would have been a great foundation - if I knew there were such classes...)
BTW If you were not counting, up to this point, I had 3 UFO's - well the samepler I finished...
I was reading all kinds of library books - but adamant not to do it the "TEMPLATES" way.
I could go on, but it took me several months to "figure it out." I am basically self taught & have never been a perfectionist - so technique has never been aything that I "worried" about... I have some early quilts that can attest to that! (1/4 inch - that is an average right? Something we strive for but never attain...) I'm way better with that, but I still prefer easier stuff - so that if I am not perfect - it doesn't matter so much. :o)
Please do share you beginings - curious minds want to know!