Since I am working on a few projects but I can’t post about them yet…here are a few pictures that illustrated my way in quilting, started eight years ago.
At that time, I did not know anything about quilting, did not have quilting friends, did not have Internet on my computer!
After a few months I bought my first quilting book but I didn’t understand too much at first ! So, here it is my adventure in quilting,
from this quilt ………………….. to this !
The quilt below is the first quilt I ever made. It is 20″ x 20″ and is made of 400 squares of 1″. I used scissors to cut all the patches. I didn’t know that I could stack multiple layers of fabric so I drew every single square on fabric.
It has no batting (at that time adding batting between the two layers of fabric was a strange thing for me and for Romanians; the only thing with batting in it was the duvet!).
It was made using polyester fabrics. Every patch was becoming smaller after every touch of the iron so it was a nightmare matching them.
But I was very proud of my design drawn on paper with colored pencils !
The second experience was a little better – I used a heavy cotton canvas ! But I pieced diamonds ! No batting again!
How about these “Y” seams ? I tried them, too ! And I sewn every seam at least three times (using my sewing machine, I am a machine quilter ) until I was content with the result! I was in heaven when I made my first order at a quilting store in USA. What a challenge to choose from hundreds of fabrics !
Special fabrics need a special pattern so I made a Mariner’s Compass ! I used templates (from a Fons and Porter book). And I added batting, but I heavily ironed the final quilt, to make it as flat as possible! What a mistake ! But the quilt was OK !
It was a pleasure to make this Christmas quilt, with different stars ! Here it is a picture before quilting ! At that time I was thinking I have to bind the quilt before quilting !
This one below is the only quilt I quilted by hand. It’ s only 40″ square but I quilted on it for one long week. Then I understood that hand quilting is not for me!
In the first months of my quilting adventure, I spent a lot of time working together with all my three sisters. They all helped me with piecing. Not because that I needed help, because they loved it! What a wonderful time! We would have stitched day and night ! Here are a few of those quilts:
And this one below is the first bed quilt I made. I used scissors to cut all the 1300 pieces. Pieces were sewn and unsewn because the center of the stars didn’t lay flat (due to over-ironing). I did all the ironing on a glass table. The glass was so thick so I thought there will be no problem 🙂 But finally I broke it !
4 people worked for 4 hours to make the sandwich for quilting! No clamps, no adhesive spray, no floor space, no knowledge! Just a small table! I think this is the hardest work my family did for my quilting! And now I can’t understand how I did not give up to quilting on that day!
Now, after eight years of quilting, I didn’t have enough patience to make another Mariner’s Compass or to sew “Y” seams ! I like to make simple things and quick and easy quilts !
But I still have patience to make my shadow trapunto quilts. I will never be bored of making them.This is the most challenging quilt I have ever made.
This is the quilt I love the most.
One of the thing I love at shadow trapunto technique is the contrast between the white of the batting and the background color. This is one of my first shadow trapunto quilts.
I don’t know where I will be after other eight years, but I hope I will still make quilts !
Edited to add: 2018, August
Yes, 9 years later, I am still making quilts!