For those of you who may never get to attend my lecture/trunk show, wipe away those tears, stop sobbing and go to Jennifer’s blog. Here she has some pictures and a bit of a summary of my trunk show at her guild. Yes, she’s right! I embarrassed myself when the Saints background popped up for the whole Indianapolis group to see. But, that wasn’t the only time I embarrassed myself. The ladies were holding up one of my quilts while I was on the little podium. I leaned over to show them where one block ends and I kept poking it to get it to lay flat and the girl put the quilt down and looked at me and oops . . I realized it wasn’t laying flat because it was laying against her chest and I was poking her boob! I was so embarrassed but she was a good sport and we laughed about it. There were men in the meeting and I couldn’t even look at them after that. It was not a boring trunk show!
I truly loved reading all the reasons about why you all started quilting!!
Have you ever heard the story about when and how I learned to quilt? If you’ve heard it already (or if you don’t care), just skip down past this part.
In 1980 I lived in Westlake and worked in Lake Charles. Dividing Westlake and Lake Charles is a big enough river with a very tall bridge.
That is one big, scary bridge! But, I wasn’t scared back then so I crossed it every morning and every afternoon. And sometimes I went back to Lake Charles at night so I crossed it twice again!
The bridge had nothing to do with my quilting except . . I had 1-1/2 hours for lunch and it took me about 25 minutes to get home so going home and going back to work really wasn’t an option. I could bring my lunch, which I mostly did, but I also would go out shopping . . I had time to kill and money to spend! Those were the days, huh?
One day I happened in this little quilt shop, The Calico Patch. The ladies in there were so nice! I went back every day for I don’t know how many weeks. Everything was done by hand — marking the fabric, cutting the fabric, piecing, quilting! They were offering a Beginner I class and then later a Beginner II class. You were supposed to take I, then take II but I talked them into letting me take both — I was maybe on Tuesday and II was maybe on Thursday so in my mind, there was no reason why I couldn’t take them both at the same time.
Here’s my first quilt — the one I made in those two classes.
How 80′s is that? The full truth is . . I pieced it all by hand, borders and all. Then I took a hand quilting class and I started hand quilting it. It’s maybe 1981 by now. We moved to TX in 1989 and I finally paid someone there to finish hand quilting it for me and sometime around 2000, I finally put the binding on it. But, there have surely been a lot of quilts made between that one and now!
OK . . that’s how I got started but here’s my answer to why do you quilt? Because I have to be doing something all the time. I cannot sit still ever! I cannot garden all year because of winter and then it gets too hot. I cannot cook all the time because we’d be bigger than we are now. I cannot knit all the time because my wrists would hurt. I cannot paint because I never clean up my messes and everything would ruin when I walk away and leave it. (Actually, I cannot paint anyway because . . I’m not very artistic like that at all!). And, probably the main reasons that keep me quilting are (1) there are so many designs still out there that I want to make and (2) giving quilts as a gift makes me feel like I’ve given something to someone that they will keep and cherish forever. I know not everyone will love what I give them (I wonder what happened to the photo quilt I gave my ex 15 years ago!), but for those who do love their quilts, that keeps me wanting to make and give more.
How’s that for an answer? Seriously, I love every aspect of quilting — designing, choosing colors, sewing, quilting, I don’t even mind the binding but I’m so ready to get to another project, the binding too often doesn’t get finished too quickly. I can’t imagine what life would be like without quilting and . . all of you, my quilting friends!
This is going to be the real garden. So good to see Vince in his normal attire (green shirt)! That husband of mine worked so hard this past weekend.
Jerry’s probably wondering if he’s ever going to see his tiller again. The whole spot is tilled up and ready.
All we need now is a deer proof fence . . which is easier said than done. Vince has a plan though.
This fence also will involve rebar poles, then putting 10′ PVC pipe over those and then . . well, that’s all I can remember. Let’s just hope whatever it is, it keeps the deer out. I am so ready to plant something.