Well everyone has to start somewhere right. I just realized that I have been quilting for 22 years. The time seems to fly the older I get. I have kept a record of every quilt I have ever made. My first photo’s were done with those Polaroid point and shoot cameras and the picture would develop before my eyes. But that was the only way I could think to keep a record of my quilts. My first quilt, blue and white, hand done, and made with bed sheets because I couldn’t find any cotton fabric at the time. I was living in England far from any stores that sold fabric.
If you are just starting out please keep a record of your quilts and label them with the date and your name– you never know where it might end up. My second quilt, “A Trip Around the World” hand quilted. One of the military wives fell in love with it and wanted to buy it for her daughter as a wedding gift. Her daughter was just a young teenager, too young to get married. She had a hope chest already and she wanted to fill it as the years go by before her wedding.
At that time I never thought about where I would be with my quilting or how it would change my life or even if I would be as obsessed about quilting as I am now. I didn’t know I would quilt for a magazine, design and get published in a magazine, open my own shop on www.thebutterflyquilter.com to sell my quilts, that I would have a gallery showing or that I would ever enter a quilt in a quilt show, be accepted and win!
Once you find your passion anything is possible. Looking back on some of my first creations LOL I wouldn’t really call some of these quilts but then again I realize that like everything in life each step is a learning experience. You can get better if it is something that you want. So I will share with you some of my ugly quilts (as I call them) when I was just learning and thinking these are wonderful!!!! They were to me at the beginning and they are to those who received them!