See, I love to quilt. I can definitely quilt each day. However, I have struggled in the past to write about quilting. I am even a teacher and I find it hard to write about how to quilt. What I have learned from this process is that it is immensely helpful to have a picture to write about. Not that I wrote a lot, but pictures really help. Of course that makes sense, because we all love to look at quilt pictures right?
My other blog on Simple Living is more of a philosophical blog. I can write thoughts and ideas, things I have done to try to simplify our lives. I always add a picture, but usually they are an afterthought. Here, the pictures were the start of the story.
Below is the quilted wallhanging that is the start of my quilting story.The red appliqued hearts are labeled as quilt #1. I kept a photo book going with all my quilts, #1 through #113 - oh that's an unlucky number isn't it? Oh well. 1999 to 2004. On the back of each one, I wrote the date, the size, where I found the pattern (or if I made it up) and what I did with it (sold it, gave it away, kept it). At that point the book filled up and I kind of quit keeping track. I still took pictures, sometimes of each one, sometimes in groups, but they are less organized. I also kept track of additions/variations. As you can see, I redid this quilt in blue homespun.
About a year or two into my quilting adventure, I saw a sign in the library showcase that you could display your hobby. Well why not, I thought. I love the library - at this time, I was spending many, many hours there with our kids, coming each week to check out books. Once I learned how to quilt, quilting books were part of the regular checkout.
As you can see, my idea was accepted and for one month, my quilts were on display. The heart quilt was even featured next to the book it came from. While I can't say I kept up the same pace each year. I have continued to make quilts. My hope for this blog is to share some inspiration, some quilting tips or ideas, and of course, learn from everyone else in the quilting world.
Day 31 of 31 Day Blog Writing Challenge