Recently I looked around and realized that there were quilts almost everywhere.
Is there such a thing as too many?
Like many of us who came of age in the sixties, I was drawn to crafts. I knit, I sewed and I wove. But I bought quilts made in China and learned that they quickly fell apart at the seams. So, I decided I'd make one to last. Armed with Mary Ellen Hopkins' classic "The It's Okay If You Sit On My Quilt Book", I sat down to design my first quilt. I spent hours and hours with graph paper and colored pencils. I began hand-piecing it in 1999 and discovered that I enjoyed machine piecing even better. Never one to be without handwork, I began to hand quilt it. Two years later, I was awfully proud to show this at the Quilter's Guild of Brooklyn. The "she" was our Maine Coon, Peri.
|It's Okay if She Sits on my Quilt|
And another journey began.
During this time, I thought I'd give hand-applique a try. I made this for my sister. Just in case she ever got tired of white t-shirts from the Gap, I threw in a black one.
I had just learned how to do needle turn applique. Like many of us then, I gravitated to Sew Brooklyn, which sadly is no longer open.