Friday, October 28, 2011

I won't tell if you won't . . .

I found these pictures the other day, and thought I would show them to you. 

(Looks over shoulder) But you hafta promise not to laugh.

(Looks to the right, then the left) And you hafta not tell anybody else, OK?

(Whispering) Because the quilt police will get me!!!

This is the story of one of the first quilts I ever made -- and I broke some rules, doing it! I know a lot of you have made disappearing nine-patch quilts before, right? Right. You start with a block like this:

Then you cut it into four pieces, and sew it back together! You get a block that looks like this now, right?


Now, at the time, Elby hadn't even decided on a major of applied computer science, much less put together a cool cyber space design wall, so I had no idea what it was going to look like.

But, when you put them all together, you get a pattern like this:

OK. So I got that done, and I was pretty tickled about it. But I didn't have anything to use for the back. I needed something that would look nice for a child, since this was a quilt for a baby, or a younger child.

This is the part you have to be really quiet about, OK? Here is a picture of the pieced back of the quilt:

Now that I think about it, I kinda like that back better than the front! Anybody been there before? If you look closely, you'll see why I might get in trouble with the quilt police . . . there are squares there that are not cotton! (Gasp!) They are flannel! (Double gasp!) Seriously, I used what I had, and some of them are vintage flannel scraps, and look like they might have been pajamas! Cowboys and horsies and fun stuff like that!

We can go back to the front to show how I hand-quilted it:

Since I was what Madame Samm would call a "wantobe" quilter at the time, I guess it's alright! 

Hope you've enjoyed seeing my trip down Quilting Memory Lane!