|quilts created in 2020 - my first year of quilting
Late last year I ordered myself a book called Quilts, published by Uppercase Magazine. (unfortunately I can't link to it online right now because the owner has closed her website until January). I saved it until Christmas Day and then I spent a few days reading all 384 pages of inspiration from quilters around the world. On December 31st, I designed my first quilt.
|Quilt 1 - Sara's Scraps - 48"x72"
|Myrtle enjoys my new hobby
I started my second quilt in February...finished it on March 2nd...and called it Finch Fiesta. I had the finch fabric for 15 years and had never used it. I purchased more shirts and a tablecloth from the local second hand store. I purchased the orange fabric new. It's a bit smaller than my first quilt, but still a respectable lap size...40"x56". I machined quilted it, but added some hand stitched embellishments.
|Quilt #3 - Cody's Quilt
|Cody's cat enjoying the quilt
My fourth quilt was started on May 31st, finished on June 11th...just in time to send to a long time friend who was celebrating her 60th birthday on June 26th. I appliqued and hand embroidered 60 flowers and used...you guessed it...second hand shirts as the fabric source. The finished size is 48"x60".
|Quilt #4 - Sixty Flowers for Louise
|I loved the back of this one - a sheet of stylized hearts
Quilt 5 was my first "art quilt"...not made for anyone in particular but I had a series of mental health awareness quilts in my head that I felt the need to start working on.
|Quilt #5 - Awakening - 44" x 64"
|back of Awakening
|quilting detail - sunburst
Quilting is a challenge on my sewing machine, which is a circa 1965 Singer. My choices are forward or backward. Anything but a straight line is a challenge, and it all must be done manually. Nothing like the fancy machines available these days that are computerized! So I was quite proud of the sunburst pattern I quilted into this quilt.
That's it for part one of my quilting adventure. My goal for next year is to post the details each time I complete a quilt.