So one thing I have learned over the years is that the only way you grow is by pushing outside your comfort level. That's one of the reasons I made this blog. My hopes are that I will not only have a way to reconnect with friends and family but that I will meet new people and learn new things. I keep thinking of joining my local fabric stores guild, but I think that I am "too young", "too inexperienced", and "that I can't possibly bring anything new to the table". Translation....I have no confidence.
I started quilting almost 20 years ago. I had a great motivator (thanks Judy!) who showed me that any fabric, no matter how ugly, could be made into a quilt. Notice I did not say the quilt would NOT be ugly. My first quilt was UGLY. ugly ugly ugly. Wrong colors, bad stitching, ugh. I won't even post a picture, though I will admit I still have it.
Then I discovered a pattern in Good Housekeeping. How to make "Trip Around the World" in one weekend. Everyone knows that pattern, right? The beautiful thing was, it used HUGE squares in a strip technique and a bed sheet for the backing. And you TIED it! How cool? Yeah, I made about 8 of those and gave them to everyone I could think of. I hadn't learned a nice binding yet, and well, batting is batting, right? But we all learn somewhere. I still have 3 of them....one the dog tried to eat, one the kids use outside, and one I made when I moved to Vermont (by then, I was doing much better on fabric selections, binding, and backing fabrics).