Six years ago this month I started quilting. Well, technically I guess I wasn't quilting, but I took the required rotary cutting class before I could take the beginners class the following month. I got real confused about using the rotary cutter - some blog readers may remember why - so thank goodness I had a month to practice before I had to cut the good fabric!
I had enough brain cells left to know that I needed to go to Joann's and buy cheap fabric to practice on. Of course, the fact that I had two yards of every single piece in the Robyn Pandolph line "Morning Glory" waiting for me really spurred me on to figure out the rotary cutter/ruler thing.
I saw the Scrappy Flag episode on Alex Anderson's quilt show. I can do that! Now remember that I had not taken my first quilting class yet, only the rotary cutter class, and that the old brain still wasn't firing on all cylinders.
I figure I bought probably 20 yards of patriotic fabrics at JoAnn's, so I started cutting those up into half square triangles, and started sewing them together -- with a 5/8" seam!! When those were all sewn together, I cut out the blue and the stars and managed to figure out enough of the instructions and sewed those together - with a 5/8" seam!! I sewed the whole thing together and it was awful but I was real proud of it. But I couldn't figure out why I lost all those points on the stars, and why it didn't look like the picture on the pattern.
Well, I took my first quilting class in Sept. and learned that I had to use 1/4" seams. Yikes! So not one to give in readily, I spent that whole next weekend taking off that first blue block and making another one using 1/4" seams and sewing the flag back together. You guessed it, I didn't fit. So I just put a strip of red across the top. Now my flag was done, and I was ready to figure out the quilting part of it. But it still looked horrible.
And to add insult to injury, my maid, Lupe, who was studying for her citizenship test, informed me that I didn't have enough stripes on the flag, so I made another row or two. Now the flag was square! Who has ever heard of a square flag? It had a blue square with 1/4" seams, sewn to red and tan blocks with 5/8" seams, a strip across the top to make it all fit - and it was square! I was ready to throw the whole thing away and give up quilting.
Confession is good for the soul. I didn't throw it away. I wadded it up and stuffed it in the bottom of wire basket holding all those patriotic fabrics from Joann's. I found it this morning, and decided to share it with the world! Aw, sheesh, I really am going to do this! I just threw the wadded up mess over Daisy curled in her quilt on the floor, and snapped it. I'm going to post this before I change my mind.
I guess the reason I was thinking about this today -- JUDY'S BOOK CAME IN THE MAIL!! I'm so excited! The book is just gorgeous, and the quilt I made for her is on Page 33. I won't post a picture of it here. This is Judy's book and her moment to shine! I fixed a cup of coffee and sat down to read it. I was reduced to tears to see that she mentioned my name in the Acknowledgements. She didn't have to do that. I love you, Judy! Thank you for turning me into a quilter. Perhaps if you had seen my first attempt, you would have thrown up your hands and given up on me completely!