I am a rookie quilter.
So far I've only made seven quilts. I started several years ago when Jeni and Gretchen opened the Woolen Willow. They had a Jan Patek trunk show, and when I laid my eyes on Jan's "Morning Has Broken," I had to make it. It gave me goosebumps and brought tears to my eyes. Mom helped me make it, and I enjoyed every stitch. With plenty of distractions, I took forever to finish it. But it's finished and hanging prominently in my living room, and after all these years it still makes me happy.
Dawn Heese' Somerset also resonated with me l and I just had to make it. I began in late April, and though slow by many standards, I am happy with my progress. Yesterday I began installment 2 from our Summer issue by sewing the 6 1/2" background borders to the medallion. Next step will be black piping. I love it!
Note to self: when cutting strips for a vine, cut fabric on the bias! After cutting all these perfect strips of green, I called Jeni to ask if I was supposed to cut on the bias. She said "yes." Hmmm...well, I'm sure I'll find a great use for these pretty strips.
Be sure to jump over to Jeni's blog, "Jeni from the Willow." She shared her latest "Small Quilts Club" project, as well as photos of Joyce Weeks (Geoff's Mom Pattern Co) at the Woolen Willow, and a nice photo of Jeni with Lisa Bongean at Spring Quilt Market.