Saturday, January 24, 2015

Quilt Memory Lane

My house had to be fumigated for termites this week and so I spent a couple of nights at my good friend and neighbor Esther's house.  Esther was the person who draged me to my first quilt guild meeting way back in 1995!  I had been making quilts for some years at that point, but moreless in isolation,  going to those meetings and seeing what other people were doing was more than inspiring, it was transformational!!!!
I walked into Esther's guest room and saw this on the wall.  It was one of those : Wow, did I make that?!  moments.  I had moreless forgotten about it but I made this quilt for Esther for her birthday not to long after I experienced the above mentioned epiphany.  Ester was into Amish style quilts and that got me started on a series of solids myself!  I think this quilt was about learning how to make Triangle Half Squares?!
I was not a very confident machine quilter at the time but I could quilt a straight line so I filled up all the blank spaces with straight lines!  
I'm not big on fancy labels but I checked to see if I'd made one and I was surprised to find this:
A testament to our friendship more than my drawing skills!  lol. It really does pay to add labels 'cause I could not have remembered that much info. about that quilt otherwise!
Across from this quilt was a wall hanging that Esther made about the same time!
Esther's own design, isn't it beautiful!
And also hanging in this room a "stack and whack" quilt, Esther made way back when that was a "new" thing,  probably around 1998?! 
Hard to believe all those colorful pin wheels came from one very colorful tropical print?!
I love the border and the background fabric really helps make the pin wheels 'pop'!
It was machine quilted by our local long arm quilter group (a novelty back then) by Mary Lundberg of "Flying Geese Quilters".
A year or so later the "Stack and Whack" craze had become so popular I remember going to a big quilt show and it seemed like every other quilt was that style!  It's funny how styles come and go?!

Well,  I did not expect to have a visit down Quilt Memory Lane when I had my house fumigated but it certainly made the chore a lot more fun! 
Happy Weekend!
cheers, Claire W.


  1. Very fun moment for you to come up against an old quilt! I've had that experience myself and it is very interesting and dare I say, educational? lol

  2. I love the quilt you made for Esther; the label is perfect!

  3. Wow! how fun to see the "old" Amish quilt.