Donna tells us in her own words how her quilting habit got started and what her experience with Challenge 1 has been thus far:
“I think I tried just about every craft you can think of, until one day in the mid 90’s I happened to spy some fabulous fabric in a little shop. There was zebra fabric, giraffe fabric, cloud fabric, and lady bug fabric. Wow! This was news to me, as my latest endeavor had been counted cross stitch. So I made a cute Noah’s Ark vest using my new-found fabric treasures. I fell in love with textiles again, took a quilting class, and the rest is history.
Of course, at first I made quilts from patterns as there was so much I needed to learn. It took me quite a while to get enough confidence to make even minor changes. Eventually, though, I decided I wanted to make quilts that were my very own from start to finish.
I love every part of the process of designing a quilt, so I am having a great time today taking the very first steps to what I hope will be a great quilt. Last night, after I was notified that I was a Challenge 1 finalist, I got right to work sketching my design. Luckily the ideas that swirled in my head took on a pleasing shape. It so happened that I was at a choral concert while sketching, so perhaps the lovely music had some influence upon my thoughts. We’ll see how it turns out.
Sketching, drafting, tracing, cutting, piecing, hand appliqueing, measuring and pressing are all aspects that are enjoyable as well as necessary for the way I work. I know some people work at the computer to create their masterpieces, but I really like to draw, erase, and draw some more. It makes the design totally mine. I won’t get to do my favorite parts of quilting in this challenge, because I love the hand quilting and binding of the quilt. There is something so rewarding when you turn that binding over and hide the last little bits of stray threads. Love it, love it.
Today I went to the fabric shop to get some white cloth to go with another print I had decided to incorporate in my design. Did you know there are many shades of white? Actually, there were too many to count, but I finally found just the right one—I hope.
I have tentatively named my newest creation ‘Twist of Lime’. Uh oh, I think there are lots of shades of green, too.” What a fun quilt name! We can’t wait to see the final product, Donna.
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