I am not sure if I detailed my quilting journey at any stage in here, but will give a brief overview, that will mean this will make a bit more sense. Around 3 years ago my mum and I signed up for a beginners quilting class at Patchwork by Sea (my local quilt store). I went along with a hand me down sewing machine that was around 15 years old but good enough for me to quilt with. Unfortunately a few weeks into the course I got ill and was in hospital for most of the rest of the course. Mum would bring me the course info and I was hand sewing my table runner in hospital. This wasn’t too bad, since I am quite comfortable hand stitching and also quite happy with blanket stitching my applique blocks by hand.
When I got out of hospital I did my usual trick when I learn something new, trying to do a very complicated over the top project and expecting it to be easy. I decided on a raising the barn log cabin quilt with a rainbow colour scheme. I was doing ok with the piecing, when my relationship with my ex fell apart. I had to move house, start a new job and get used to being single again all around Christmas time (2008) and well I promptly forgot about quilting. The following year, my mum bought me a new sewing machine for Christmas but told me about when she purchased it in July (lol!) It’s a Toyota machine especially for quilting with an extension table. After I think stitching a few times after it was bought it stood neglected and ignored for a while.
Mum and I went to the Adelaide Quilting and Craft Show that year (2009) and she bought me a Strip Roll of Amy Butler Fabrics from the Daisy Chain Range. I know at the time I could recognise the range on sight and was very excited about it.
Cut to July 2010 (eh?) my latest contract (I work in IT) ended abruptly and I had nothing to go to… this ended up going on till November, but during that time I started sewing again. Slowly with softies and then I started going crazy, which brings us right up to date…
So I had decided (mid crazy quilting build up) that I would make this quilt called High Flying Geese in the Book Layer Cake, Jelly Roll and Charm Quilts by Pam & Nicky Lintott and use my Amy Butler Daisy Chain Strip Roll, but still too scared that it would be like my Log Cabin (way too complex for me to play with) or that my flying geese units would not so much be flying but sort of limping in some pitiful way.
Here is the log cabin by the way, when I basted it – I started the quilting, then gave up again, but I am a bit more comfortable that I will eventually finish it.
Because of playing with the Mon Ami Schnibble project in January and starting to try Dresden Plates (see next post), I have actually gained quite a bit of confidence, and I finally started cutting the strips for the High Flying Geese Quilt!
So here are the strip roll (untouched for 2 years!) and the additional yardage I purchased for the border and backing of the quilt.
and just in case you think that is an illusion…. here they are again below, with the leftovers of the strips that will be used to bind the quilt.