It's always hard for me to decide what to work on at retreats. This time instead of taking UFOs that I don't really want to work on (that's why they're UFOs), I'm going to work on some simple jelly rolls quilts. I have three ready to go and some embroidery when I need a break from my machine.
So anyways...are you ready for some more Show & Tell? Let's start of with my very first quilt...a blue and yellow sampler. It's quite embarrassing to show people but I always like to because its proof positive that we all start somewhere and anyone can improve on their quilting skills if they try hard enough.
I am 99.9% self taught. I've only ever taken two classes (face painting on fabric and hand embroidery). The blocks for this quilt came from those large Better Home & Garden quilt books that show the block full size and don't give you the cutting instructions...do you know the ones I'm talking about? It was the only book and I had so that's what I used. I had no clue what a scant quarter inch seam what. What was supposed to turn out to be twelve 12 1/2" blocks, turned out to be twelve blocks in several sizes. So I cut and tweaked till they were all the same size. Here...have a look at my expert piecing....ugh.
Like I said, everyone starts somewhere. Here is my first paper pieced quilt. I loved the pattern and was determined to teach myself how to do it. I call it "The Kimono Storehouse." I spent weeks scouring store for Oriental prints so that each one would be unique. Since the pattern did not have directions on HOW to paper piece so I got online and started doing a little research. So when I was confident that I had the basic idea of how to do it, I had to trace each pattern out onto Golden Threads paper and got started. I don't want to tell you how many times I had to rip out a seam and try again because the fabric didn't fit the piece I was adding onto...my "research" never told me how to measure the pieces. In the end though it all turned out. I am proud to say that today I know how to paper piece correctly thanks to Carol Doak books.
That's all for now. I am hoping to do some more show and tells once I get a few more photos done. Till next time...