At the time I worked across the road from a quilting shop, so I decided to pop in and see what the attraction was all about. My eyes lit up and I spent quite some time browsing fabric and a few quilting magazines. I came upon a quilt that really caught my eye. I didn't like the colours though, so, with the assistance of one of the retail assistants, I set about choosing fabrics that I liked in order to complete my chosen "First Quilt". Of course there was no pattern. The wonderful ladies from Cushla's Village Fabrics worked out the pattern and wrote it all down for me.
So, armed with sewing machine, tools, pattern and fabric I set off on holiday to meet my friend "half way" between our home towns. She taught me everything I know and we had a wonderful week of sewing and learning.
Nine years on, one wedding, two children and one on the way, a new sewing machine and a new house, I've finally finished my first quilting project. Actually that's not quite true. I've finished my first patch work project. There's no way I'm going to attempt to quilt it. I still need to find someone to finish this part of the process. Recommendations for long arm quilters based in Auckland welcome!!
The quilt pattern was written down on four scraps of paper. They include instructions of how to construct "Flying Geese" and "Puss in Corner".
The quilt was found in issue 101, 2006 of "Down Under Quilts" Magazine (which regularly sells out), and you can find them on Facebook. The quilt was created by Kathie De Palo who seems to have associations with the NSW Quilter's Guild, Hunters Hill Quilters and Material Obsession - one of my favourite on-line shops and also a great book.
Towards the end of piecing, I rushed my work and made a fairly obvious mistake down my last column. There's also a small error in the top left hand corner, probably from not understanding the pattern. Too eager to start my next project I've decided to leave it and put the error down to being my "first time".
I'll update this blog when I finally have it properly finished!