It was probably 1995 . . goodness, that was 14 years ago! My world wasn’t totally spinning out of control but it also wasn’t very stable. I’m so thankful for quilting. I had learned to quilt in 1980. In about 1984, I learned to smock and was doing French handsewing and quilting took a back seat. After my marriage breakup in 1994, I found quilting groups online and my interest in quilting was renewed. On the weekends that Chad was with his dad, I would have gone nuts without my quilting. Friends begged me to go out with them and being the homebody that I am, I only wanted to stay home and sew. That probably kept me out of some amount of trouble! 🙂
At some point, I joined a two way round robin. We got a list of names . . maybe 8 of us. We made two centers, sent one to the name above ours on the list and one to the name below us on the list. They made the grounds and in about a year, the completed top came back to us.
My tops took a back seat to other projects . . at the time I was making the bookshelf quilt for Chad’s teacher, I made a photo quilt for my grandma and a photo quilt for my ex-husband . . goofy woman that I am!
In 1997, after Vince and I got married and Chad and I moved to Kentucky where Vince was already living and I couldn’t find a longarm quilter to do my quilting, I thought . . hey, this can’t be so hard. I’ll just do it myself on my Bernina. I started with the quilt on the right. It is 102″ x 102″. I didn’t know any better! Now I do! Looking back, I’m surprised I didn’t give up on quilting completely after that project . . down on the floor to baste it and then quilt it on my sewing machine. I quilted the one on the left too but I didn’t do nearly as much quilting on it.
Even with my lack of knowledge of machine quilting, I knew I loved feathers so . . feathers are in those big triangles.
They’re definitely not award winning feathers but hey . . they may have been the first feathers I ever made!
These tops were made with fabric from House of Fabrics (which was what we had in Lake Charles back then), probably some really inexpensive fabrics used by the others in the round robin. These two quilts have been on our bed for at least 10 years! Really! These two both have really thin . . probably Quilters Dream batting so most of the time, these two are on the bed with a nicer quilt on top. I throw the nicer quilt off at night and we cover up with these two. We use them; we wash them often and there’s no sign of wear on either one of them.
And, do you happen to notice that one day last week I was hanging clothes on the line? Despite our nasty weather over the weekend, spring is comin’ and I can’t wait.
Ha! I wish my feathers looked so good! LOL
I need a clothesline… I’ve yet to figure out where to put one, so we haven’t yet… but definitely on the “to do” list.
How are the chicks doing?
Mrs. Goodneedle says
Your feathers look wonderful to me… in fact, I think quilts that stand the test of time through use and repeated washings are the very best quilts of all. Thanks for sharing!
Feathers and even microstipple – you were on fire even back then, Judy. I love to hear your stories. Life does have it’s twists and turns, buckle up and hang on. My next house will absolutely have a clothesline. I love the smell of sheets and pillowcases that were hung outdoors. Our hoity-toity HOA does not allow clothes lines.
Mary Crowther says
I love the RR quilts! Thanks for sharing. Feathers are not anywhere in my expertise level. Only in my dreams. And on the prize winning quilt at the Local Quilt Show.
Will you have eggs by Easter? I am going to be in need of a few dozen. Does the Mennonite place open up by then?
Those quilts are gorgeous. You were destined to make feathers!
I’m laying in bed with the laptop reading your post. The hubby is reading. He looks over to see what I’m looking at and says to me “Those two quilts are really pretty.”
My thoughts exactly!!!
Great work Ms. Judy!!