The Quilting Bear
How I became interested in quilting.
by, 11-01-2011 at 09:49 PM (602 Views)
I started my first quilt eleven years. It was meant to be a hobbie to broden my horizons and keep me occupied on the weekends when the weather did not permit me to do activities outdoors. At that time i did not think that this hobbie would become an obsession.
This all started after talking with my mom on the phone. At this time I was living in Nashville Tennesee and mom lived in Michigan where i grew up. I made a comment to my friend, Brenda who at that time, was renting a room from me, about my mom making a quilt. Brenda began telling me stories about her mom and grandmother teaching her to quilt and how they did it all by hand. Between my mom and Brenda, this peeked an interest to me; if they can do it so can I.
Brenda and I went to JoAnns and began the search for a quilt pattern and fabric. We must have spent two hours at JoAnns looking for this pattern and shopping for the perfect fabric.
I quickly discovered that the basic supplies I would have to purchase. I had a pair of scissors, needle and thread and I quickly learned that those items were to sew a button back on or to mend a rip in clothing after reading the beginning of the book. I did not know what a rotary cutter, a cutting mat, and a ruler was. Well, okay, I know what a ruler is. I didn't know that quilters have their own tools of the trade.
Oh, wait a minute, how am I going to sew this quilt? I don't own a sewing machine and I know I don't want to do this all by hand. And that is when Brenda and I went to Wal-Mart to purchase a sewing machine. I spent a whopping $90 on a Brother sewing macine. It was basic, but it had the quarter inch foot that the book told me to use.
I read the instructions for both preparing the fabric and the owners manual for my new sewing macine. Little did I know that this would require a fair amount of my time. I worked on my first quilt a few hours here and there and I quickly became bored with this process.
After being transferred back to Michigan and moving back in with mom, I watched her work on a quilt. My interest didn't really grow until I purchased a house and unpacked my belongings that had been in storage for two years and I found the box that contained my cross stitch and quilting supplies.
I began working on my quilt again just on the weekends as I was working anywhere between 50-60 hours a week. It was five years in the making when I finished the quilt. My second quilt took me just a little over a year to finish. And I liked it so much, that a ran to JoAnns to purchase more fabric to make the same pattern again in different colors.
In 2007, I became disabled and needed something to occupy my free time and that's when I turned to quilting? At that time, I wasn't obsessed with quilting as I'm am now. I just needed something to do with my spare time. Now, there isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about quilting in some form or fashion.
So there you have the Reader's Digest version of how I began my quilting obsession.