Friday, August 23, 2013


quilting in the 1980s I thought I was just trying out yet another craft.  I had done counted cross stitch, knitting, crochet, cross stitch, applique, embroidery, decoupage, mosaic tiles, and some stained glass pieces.  So when quilting came along it was another craft to add to my repertoire of things to do with my hands.

My first quilting was some simple pillow tops that I made and gave for Christmas gifts to my siblings.  The tops were simply pieced but not quilted.  I followed this with making a one-patch quilt for my daughter out of sample squares that were given to me by a friend who salvaged them out of the trash bin at  Buster Brown Corporation .  These were fabrics that were used for children's clothing.  This quilt was tied.  It has been lost along the way now but it was certainly well loved in its day!!

In 1990 I started looking at quilting as a hobby of its own.  I started by making a quilt from an Eleanor Burns' pattern.  This pattern is Irish Chain.  This was an advanced pattern but I did not know anything about quilts being beginner, intermediate, and advanced at that time.

I wanted to make a quilt for my daughter and son-in-law as a wedding gift and her heritage is Irish.  So I chose this pattern.  The fabrics are batiks and hand dyes and they are so dated!   She loves it and is using it in her guest bedroom in her new home. 

The label is so faded.  I have no clue what pen I used back then.

The important thing is that it has a label on it!
I have since made them another, more up-to-date, quilt for their king-size bed in the master suite.

At the time I made this quilt,  quilting was just another hobby that I was trying. Wow! has that ever changed for me.  It is now my lifestyle.  I MUST quilt!!



  1. It is still a treasure for your daughter because yu made it. And it is gorgeous!