I remember precisely when I made up my mind that one day I would learn to quilt. Years ago my husband and I were invited to dinner at a new friend's house, and the wife took me on a house-tour. Every bed in the house was graced with a quilt that she had made. I told myself then, "Someday, I'm going to make quilts. And then every bed in our house will have a quilt made by me!"
Well, that's not yet happened! I made my first quilt, machine pieced but hand-quilted, between 1990 and 1993, working on it only in the summers, since I was still teaching full time. In 1999, newly retired, I began quilting in earnest. Many of my quilts have been given to others. I have several wall hanging quilts in our home--including my few art quilts. But none of the beds in our home has made-by-me bed quilts!
I've sewn for almost as long as I can remember, and some of my earliest memories are of sitting with friend Kitty out on a quilt under a tree in the hot Texas summers (prior to air conditioning!), sewing rather sloppy doll clothes. As a teen I made many of my own garments, and once I married and the children came along, I sewed for them and myself until I went back to teaching full time.
I discovered art quilting some four years ago. I feel as if I have one foot in art quilting and the other in traditional, which I still love. I NEED this group to spur me on to make more art quilts, to experiment, to risk, to dare, to rev up my creative juices. I am excited and can hardly wait until tomorrow, when Carolyn will announce our theme!