Friday, March 03, 2006
I was still a new quilter and taking as many classes as I could to learn different techniques. I signed up for a storm at sea paper piecing class, and The Hurricane was born. I had so many problems with thinking backwards - my brain doesn't work like everyone else's (that's a blog for later) - but suffice it to say this was a real challenge.
I wanted a red storm at sea. I saw one in a magazine once, and that was what I wanted!! So I trek over to The Fabric Patch and started pulling red batiks. Candace was helping me and it was coming together very nicely. Then I spotted the dark blue with the ferns and started pulling go-withs for that. The red quilt was totally abandoned, but Candace still calls this my red quilt! LOL
I paper pieced this thing in about two weeks at night after work, and it took me another two weeks to get all the paper off the back of it. It looked like it snowed in my sewing room! I mean, a blizzard. I vacuumed every day, sometimes twice a day, and no amount of vacuuming could keep up with it. It stuck to my clothes and made its way down the hall and into the kitchen and stuck to my shower curtain. I must have had paper stuck to the bottom of my shoes because I found some on the deck out back! My maid even brought the vacuum cleaner to me one day, "Miz Beeky, it no suck!" I was rolling on the floor laughing. She had filled up TWO vacuum bags in like ten minutes after a night of paper pulling!
I sent this off to Judy with my usual detailed quilting instructions, "I don't care. You decide." I know I drive her crazy but that's how I am. Anyway, it is one of my favorites just because it was my first PP'g.