Saturday, December 6, 2008

How I got started quilting

My first quilt was a request from a boyfriend to make him something for his bed so I sewed a bunch of squares together and tied the quilt. Later, when I was married and my new husband moved me from Los Angeles to Albuquerque, I found quilting, or rather, it found me. We had gone to the New Mexico State Fair in 1974 and in one of the buildings was a lady at a quilting frame. Then, I was a shy thing, so my husband took up a conversation with this lovely lady and she offered to teach me how to quilt. Since I had no stash, she shared hers with me and I created my first quilt. From then on I was hooked. So here is my first quilt.

The quilt is faded and well worn. It was pieced and quilted by hand and has a sheet for backing.

I love to quilt and it gives me a lot of satisfaction to cut apart fabric and sew it back together again. I do so purely for the pleasure of it. I give my quilts away, but I do have some I won't ever part with. I have quite a stash in the closet and every once in a while I rotate my lap quilt in the living room. Whether summer or winter, there is always a quilt on hand to keep me warm.

My daughter has a house full of my quilts and soon, so will my daughter-in-love.

I can’t sit with nothing in my hands so when I’m not quilting, I’m knitting. I think I would like to have a laptop for Christmas so I can load EQ on it and play while watching TV in the evenings. That way I can design so many more quilts I will probably never make…ooohhhh the list is long :)


Anonymous said...

Kathleen,You won't believe how many quilts you will 'make' with EQ, it is almost as good as the real ones!

Jackie said...

I can't believe that is your FIRST quilt! Wow! Fantastic!