I have distinct memories of my mother sewing when I was a kid. But she always sewed clothes. And never a quilt. But being a child of the 70s and 80s and the patchwork loving that speaks to the era along with a mother that sewed, I think I was predestined to be a quilter.
The first time I knew I was a quilter was when someone asked me a quilting question and I confidently answered it without skipping a beat. I remember getting into my car after that conversation and saying to myself, "Well, I guess you ARE a quilter now aren't you!"
Are you new to quilting? My advice is to really understand the importance of precise cutting and piecing. The best thing I ever did to really learn those skills was to piece an entire quilt top by hand. I drew the 1/4" seam line lightly with pencil and then slowly stitched all the blocks together and then added sashing and borders. This slow hand stitching process showed me that if the size or angle of a piece was off even just a little it affected how the block went together. Same was true for accuracy in the 1/4" seam allowance.
Quilting is my creative outlet. It's where I find my center in a busy day. The making allows me to feel like I've accomplished something even on the most hectic of days. It's not a stretch to say that I love quilting because it keeps me sane.
Fat Quarter Shop has put together this free pattern to celebrate the month. I love the rainbow gradient!
Thanks for inviting me to join in the fun Fat Quarter Shop.