A lot of things have changed in 27 years. Especially in the quilting world. I recently found the folder from my very first quilting class.
Looks pretty vintage and worn.
And amazingly I had dated the page from the first class. July 6, 1983! Wow, look at my list of what was needed for the class.
Pins - T pins
Plastic for templates
TWO pair of scissors - cloth and paper.......
Okay you get the picture.
It was a fun and interesting, and at times intensive, class. We were to work on blocks for a sampler quilt. The teacher was patient and very knowledgeable. On the day we were learning about creating and cutting out templates, she brought out a package and showed us a tool that would make cutting much more accurate and easier then using scissors. Yeah, right, we all said. Well of course that tool was the rotary cutter, and the rest is history.
I never did finish my 15 1/2" blocks. As a matter of fack I do not even know whatever happened to those blocks. But a wonderful thing did happen. My sister in love went to a different quilt class in a new quilt shop that had recently opened. She not only learned HOW to use this amazing new tool, she was introduced to the queen of stripping, Eleanor Burns and her Quilt in a Day method. She of course shared the information with me, and helping me pick out fabric, we both made a Log Cabin quilt.
This is the one that I made.
Yes that was my first quilt. And I've been hooked on Quilt in a Day ever since.
Over the years I've made many different quilts, and they mostly stem from the method I learned from Eleanor Burns. The quilt I submitted for the Quilting Gallery Fall contest was one that I made after I watched a QIAD PBS program. At the time Eleanor Burns was showing a 10 year old how to make this fun strippy quilt. I loved her process and enjoyed making. not only the fall quilt, but this Christmas one too.
Now all that to say, the other night I was wondering if I could view the same program with the little 10 year old girl. I went online and tried to find it, but to no avail. However, I did find a link at QIAD community for some past programs. Boy was that fun. I enjoyed seeing lots of quilts that Eleanor has made through the years. Some of which I have the books, but never made the pattern. This was a great incentive. Here is the link if you'd like to take a look. Even though it says error, type in Quilt in a Day in the search box, and the videos will pop up.
I am not a fancy quilter. I love to make geometric designs and highlight beautiful fabrics. It's been fun to use Eleanor's techniques to make quilts look harder then they really are. Yep, we've come a long way baby.
Have a great quilting day!
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