Friday, September 13, 2019

Thanks Eleanor!

A lot of things have changed in 36 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.

Between needles
Thimble
Pins - T pins
Quilting thread
Batting
Cloth
Quilting frame
Transfer paper
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 fact I do not even know whatever happened to those blocks. But a wonderful thing did happen. My sister in law 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 completed 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. I loved her process and enjoyed making.this Christmas one.


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 that look harder then they really are. Yep, we've come a long way baby.

Have a great quilting day!
 

4 comments:

QuiltShopGal said...

What a fun post. I also love how Eleanor's patterns/books consistently have easy to follow instructions and great visuals. She is an amazing teacher and person. Truly a wonderful woman.

Kim said...

Oh, did the rotary cutter first make it's appearance way back then...wow. May I say your very first quilt is amazing; I am impressed. I must say I have never made a quilt in a day. =)

Alycia Quiltygirl.com said...

Your first log cabin was so great! I am amazed at how many people ( myself included) have used her log cabin book as the first one to learn to make a quilt!!

Rose said...

I have always enjoyed watching Eleanor. But I also always wish I had someone to pick up all of those scraps tossed over my shoulder. "Get rid of it"