A page excerpt from the journal dated July 2002.
I let my daughter name this one as it tells in the entry.
Quilts are known usually by their quilt blocks used. Since this one used all hand-cut appliques created by myself, I chose to give its entire composition the name. I have a similar one hanging in my bedroom above my bed in navy and white.
Made for a full/queen sized bed.
some outline hand quilting around each applique piece
Clamshell hand quilting in each block and half block
Hand quilted and hand appliqued.
Signature not the neatest looking on this printed Chantilly lace-type yellow backing. I love yellow. The name chosen by who knows because I didn’t document this one. Until now. 😉
The 3rd applique quilt, also undocumented & the last in the applique trilogy. I will only post a picture for you. Keeping with the A to Z quick-reading plan.
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I Mentioned back at “Letter J” that I had uncovered the old quilt journal. I guess it’s time to Make good on letting you see some of the contents. Specifically My first quilt entry.
As you can see, it’s not old by some standards; not even vintage. But it’s where I started, or nearly. I have one quilt top I’m neglecting that I may post at a later date. Probably not for this challenge, but eventually.
When I made this quilt, there weren’t Pinterest pictures or Google, Bloggers or You Tube to ask questions. I didn’t even have a family member who was an avid quilter (to my knowledge). I can honestly say I was wingin’ it. Glad I didn’t get too discouraged because quilting has become a part of my life I find very gratifying.
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I recently rediscovered my quilting journal.It’s really a wonderful tool to
- keep track of what happened first, second, etc.
- document mistakes you learned from the project
- help you reach a goal
- prove ownership (yes, people steal quilts)
- inspire another aspiring quilter
- keep a history to pass on to your future generations.
There are probably a few reasons it was put aside other than that I had to move my sewing room to the basement. It’s called the computer and digital photography/cameras for one. Having a few too many irons in the fire could be (and probably is) Number Two. Then there’s the time factor. The time between making a quilt can be pretty lengthy which would lead to my forgetting about the documentation part. Well, whatever. Shame on me. Because finding this little piece of the past makes me a little nostalgic. If I’d kept it up, I could have used it for the A to Z.
Maybe I’ll begin printing the project photos again and inserting them in this for next year?? And so I remember, guess I’ll just tie a string around my finger?
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