Little did I know when I started making my first quilt around this time of year five years ago, I would be picking up what looks like a lifelong addiction. These are snapshots of my first quilt.
I had next to none sewing experience prior, and decided to tackle a piece and applique quilt for my first quilt. I have the greatest quilting teacher. She never did once belittle my naivety, and made me start with a simple beginner’s quilt. She walked me through making that first quilt with utmost patience. I think that’s the reason why I really began to love quilting after completing first quilt.
My first quilt eventually inspired me to work on a quilt (my fourth) with an emphasis on machine embroidery for publish in the Spring 2007 issue of Quilting & Embroidery:
Ever since then, I have had quite a ride in my quilting journey. And yet, the most meaningful aspect of quilting for me as I continue to thread along this quilting journey is that I am making something heirloomy that is tangible to pass down to the next generation, and hopefully the next and the next and the next…
My journey also provides a means for me to connect with the past as I seek to reproduce antique quilts. It’s great to be in an encompassing group of quilters that span centuries in perfecting the art of needle and thread.
[My wholecloth interpretation of Susan McCord’s Harrison Rose Quilt]
My quilting journey has brought me in touch with many who have become dear dear friends, including many that I haven’t met face to face. Again, the quilting community truly comprises of the most amazing people.
Quilting has marked certain important events in my life. I can look at any of my quilts and related the times I spent making them to certain periods of my life. One of most dramatic event I have ever experienced is mentioned in the editorial of The Quilter’s May 2010 issue associated with my Simple Pleasures quilt (I remember that night as if it were yesterday!):
I don’t know where my quilting journey will take me, but one thing I do know… I will enjoy every bit of it as I go along! Whether you quilt or not, I want to thank you for being my lovely companions in my quilting journey. Your encouragement helps me strive for something more excellent!
Every quilter has a story to tell about her quilting journey. If you do post about your story and journey, please let me know so that I can read about it!