My very good friend Jackie taught me to piece quilts in 2010. She was very patient with me, thank goodness. This is my first quilt project that I completed on my own (with MUCH supervision).
I learned a lot about myself making this eensy weensy project.
- I don’t like ironing. Full stop. Just hate it.
- I don’t much care for log cabin blocks. Because I was new, I was working on one block at a time. So there was no opportunity to do a few seams and then iron them all at once. I was constantly getting up from the sewing machine to iron one stinkin’ seam. Now that I have a little more experience, I would do more than one block at a time. But at that time, it seemed like log cabin blocks were just too much like exercise!
- I almost never follow the pattern. This has persisted. I almost always seem to think I should tweak a pattern. Or not have one at all.
I also learned a lot about quilting. For instance, notice that red background fabric? It’s not even cotton. I think it’s polyester. Not good. I’m sure Jackie tried to talk me out of it, but I liked the red. Looking at it now, I consider that fabric to be a very questionable choice on so many levels.
But it was my first project. It took me F-O-R-E-V-E-R. I was very happy (and a little bit proud) when it was done. I was thrilled when it came back from the longarmer, and then I was hooked. My friends thought this table runner would be the end of it, but the bug had bitten hard. So I was off to the races and have not looked back until now. Now that I have a little time on my hands I thought I would take that look back at the projects I have completed.