The quilt is a strip of the month quilt that I bought on my very first trip to the International Quilt Festival in Houston. I remember being very excited to start the quilt as this would be my first "block" of the month quilt to make. I managed to make about 4 of the 10 rows before I lost interest and put it in a box for another day. Well, that other day was 2 weeks ago.
I had 6 rows left to make and when I started sewing them again, I realized how fun they were to make. I still don't know why I didn't finish it years ago! I am happy to say that I got all the rows done this week and that is why when I saw the OTOW challenge, I decided to finish the quilt body. I'll finish the flying geese border next.
Today, I started to sew sashing between the rows and then sew the rows together. Here's what I have learned:
1. My sewing skills have vastly improved in the last 10 years.
2. I DON'T like doing strip quilts.
3. I am a much faster sewer than I was 10 years ago.
4. My tastes have changed.
1. My rows are not matching up!! The first rows that I did 10 years ago match and the rows I have done recently match, but they don't match each other!! Quite a dilemma!
2. Because of the above, I am having trouble getting the blocks to come out right! UGH!
3. It took me at least a day to sew one row 10 years ago and I can do at least 2 rows in a day now!
4. OK, I do still love the strip quilt, but take a look at my very first quilt that I made in 1990 below. The colors are pink and blue which I loved then, but not so much now. I made this in my first quilting class. We learned to piece, applique, hand quilt and put on the binding.
So, here's some advice to all you new quilters: Finish what you start. Don't save a project for a later date, because your skills will improve and your tastes will change. You might end up with the kind of problem that I have below....
I ended up taking off a block, eliminating a row completely and fudging on others! I just hope it turns out OK! I will post a picture of it when it is all done. Hopefully, that won't be 10 years from now!