Monday, 5 August 2013

How it all Began

From being a small child I have loved colour - be it coloured pencils, crayons, paper, wool or fabric. I have tried many crafts including sewing, embroidery, tatting, crochet, weaving & knitting.  I used to borrow my aunts sewing machine when I was around 8 years old and I got my first 'modern' sewing machine ( A Singer with discs to make fancy stitches) when I was 10.

I used to make clothes, soft furnishings and curtains and I would regularly return home from school to find my mother had bought material and would want me to make a new dress for her for the next day!

Patchwork & Quilting started much later.  My Singer machine is still going strong and I will never part with it. However around six years ago, my mother insisted on me having a new machine and she bought me a Janome 11000. It came with the quilting kit and as I have never tried patchwork or quilting I decided that I really must give it ago.

I searched the web and bought a book - Start Quilting by Alex Anderson
http://alexandersonquilts.com/store?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=6&category_id=1

I then bought pieces of fabric from internet shops that I liked (not necessarily that went together)

I followed the instructions in the book and I completed my first quilt.


Ok, so the colours are not great and I knew nothing about lights & darks or small, med & large patterns and how to mix them, but that was it - I was hooked!