Monday, September 17, 2012

The first quilt I ever designed and made...

Was this little wall hanging I did for my late mother-in-law, Juta.  Tom and I had just started dating in 1993, and, while I'd known both Tom and his mother since I was a little girl, I hadn't seen either one of them for years.  In visiting her at her home in Chicago, I learned she loved her garden, and the color pink.  Meanwhile, I was just learning about quilting and reading everything ever published about the subject. 
So--when I saw a flip-and-sew technique in a magazine and saw it could be applied to creating flower shapes, I tried it to make this roses quilted wallhanging.  It was given to Juta for Christmas. 



I used the flip-and-sew method for the roses, and raw-edge applique for the stems and leaves.  I guess, even though I'd taken numerous art classes in my life, I didn't yet have an eye for value.  The stems and leaves are pretty muddled.  I also had no idea about doing a binding or a hanging sleeve.  My techniques for those were pretty primitve.  But, at the time, I thought it was kind of cool. 
She never hung it up. 
(BTW--I can't for the life of me figure out how to flip this photo so that's it's upright.  Grrrr....)