A Tradition in Quilting
Wikipedia defines quilt as a multi-layered textile, traditionally composed of three layers of fiber: a woven cloth top, a layer of batting or wadding, and a woven back, combined using the technique of quilting, the process of sewing the three layers together.
It is our hope to give examples of a variety of designs and techniques from our quilting experiences. As quilts can be for purposes including home décor for the wall, tables, and furniture, along with the traditional “blanket” for beds of all sizes, our exhibit has a wide variety of sizes. These quilts show examples of English paper piecing, embroidery, prairie points, crystal embellishment, hand and machine quilting, using specialty fabrics, traditional pieced blocks and hand and machine applique. We also hope to give a glimpse into the process of making a quilted piece: selecting pattern and fabric, assembling the top, layering the quilt, sewing the layers together, binding the edges, and finally labeling the quilt and attaching a hanging sleeve, if desired. Although the process of making a quilt can be relatively quick (10-15 hours), often it takes much longer. Of course, it depends on many factors: size of the quilt, experience of the maker, complexity of the pattern, method of construction, etc. If you ask how long it takes me to make a quilt, I would not have an exact answer. My journal usually records a start date and a finish date; the quick projects (usually smaller) have been 1-2 months and long projects have taken 1-2 years or longer. I have never actually counted the hours from start to finish; I work on each step, enjoying the process until I have a finished quilt.
January 11 6:00 – 8:00 pm | January 22 1:00 – 4:00 pm | January 24 3:15 – 5:00 pm
February 2 10:00 am – 1:00 pm | February 12 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Show runs from January 11 to February 21, 2019.
I have been quilting since about 1991. I learned to sew as a child taking sewing in 4-H, but didn’t start quilting until I decided to make a quilt for a niece, and then another for my first child. My first instruction was Learning to Quilt: A Beginner’s Guide (a Leisure Arts Publication that I have since lost). The first quilts I made had many “mistakes” according to what I have learned since then, but I didn’t know any different. Once I became interested in quilting, I watched as many ”how to” programs about quilting as I could find on PBS and HGTV. Alex Anderson’s Simply Quilts was one of my favorites and I learned a lot by watching. I found my first quilting group on the Spoon River Drive in Ipava, IL. The quilters of the First Christian Church in Ipava taught me how to hand quilt.
In the early 2000’s I joined the “Nifty Needlers.” Our leader was Frances Ross; we met at the Schuyler County Home Extension Office. We shared our love and knowledge of quilting with each other, even working on some projects together. I also joined the Meredosia Quilt Guild about this time; I still belong to this group. I worked at the Quilt Shop, Country in the Attic, on the Rushville square from 2006-2008. While there, I made many shop samples and taught some quilting classes. When the shop closed in 2008, several local quilters did not want to give up meeting together regularly for quilting, so “Quilter’s Therapy” was formed. We have been meeting at the First Christian Church in Rushville on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month since then. I have a wonderful quilt studio at my house with lots of room for creating, and I continue to learn new techniques and tricks. I love sharing this passion with anyone who wants to learn.
My sewing experience began at 8 years old with a 4-H project. I continued to sew clothing until I was given a UFO. A UFO is an unfinished object, in this case a grandmother’s flower garden quilt. That happened in 1975. So, for more than 40 years I have been learning the jargon, techniques and joy that come from quilting.
I enjoy quilting for a purpose – either a new baby, a school project, the humane society, or any other worthy cause. My collection of quilts is bursting at the seams, so I try to quilt now only for others.