Another crazy day and night and no opportunity to do more crafting. I am getting a little anxious, I think I am having withdrawals!
I had talked previously about my love and obsession with quilting for the past ten years or so. I probably have made more than two hundred and have another two hundred upstairs waiting to be finished. I love the creative process and trying new designs and colors. I can spend hours and hours wandering around a fabric store, choosing fabrics and buttons. There is something very therapeutic about handling fabrics and the process of putting together a quilt.
I started my quilting career about a year about the turn of the century. I read an article about ‘millennium quilts’ to celebrate the arrival of the year 2000. The quilts had 2000 individual pieces. Most were so large and complex that they required both sides of a over-sized king sized quilt.
Now, for anyone who knows me, they know I never do anything the easy or simple way. I jump in with both feet into the deep end. So, I would start quilting with a millennium quilt. But not any old millennium quilt, but a charm millennium quilt. A charm quilt is one that uses no two pieces of the same fabric twice. And I was going to make a quilt with 2,000 different pieces of 2,000 different fabrics!
I immediately set about collecting the fabric. I opted for quarter yard pieces of fabric. I quickly learned that the best fabric to use for quilting, generally, is 100% cotton. I started searching and finding fabric and hobby stores and learned that locating and buying 2000 different fabrics would be a challenge. But I am always up for a challenge!
The pattern I chose for the quilt is one called ‘A Thousand Pyramids’, essentially consists of 5″ triangles. Looks something like this:
After cutting the one triangle from each fabric, I was finding I had a lot of material left over. I started cutting it into as many squares as I could, collecting one of each size into packets that I would sell on eBay for others to make charm quilts. But there was still a lot of fabric. I started making quilts.
Simple block quilts became mundane very quickly. I started buying books and magazines to learn new patterns and styles. It wasn’t long before it became a full time obsession. I really loved the creation of the quilt top, not so much of the quilting that holds the sandwich of the top, batting and backing together. So I found a woman in Arkansas, Gloria, who has a long arm quilt machine that started doing my quilting. I would pack them up, about 10 – 12 at a time and shipping to her, she would quilt them and send them back. I would do the binding, sew on my personal label and they were ready for gift giving or use.
I rarely keep quilts, having made those that I needed or wanted early on (the Kid’s room boasts at least five alone!)… so I regularly give them to friends and family. But occasionally, I complete one that I really like. This one was a first attempt at a bargello quilt and I loved the shades of blue. I have it hanging proudly in my upper stair hall.
I don’t have photos of many of the quilts that I made. Just never thought about taking the photo before giving it away. I usually asked the recipient of a photo that included them with the quilt as “payment”, but only have a handful. I will occasionally share them as time allows.
When I loved to Missouri in 2004, I was able to build my ‘dream house’ which includes a large quilting/sewing/crafting room. It houses my fabric collection and my sewing machines and embroidery machines. It is a very fun, creative yet organized room. I probably will include a photo tour of the room in future writings as well. If you ever cannot find me when I at home, just head upstairs and you will likely find me hanging out there.
Well, that’s about it for tonight. Hope you enjoyed this quick look into my creativity.
Come back soon! Happy crafting!