Born to be a STAR!!!
My Mom quilted when I was a little girl and I remember seeing her handquilting on her quilting frame. Her mother and grandmother also quilted, so I have heard stories and seen the results of their skills, and am proud to say that I now have joined them in making quilts. Of course, I am using a machine and they all sewed by hand, with such tiny stitches.
a. Tell us a little bit of your quilting history and experience~
I didn't really start getting serious until my mother-in-law passed away and she was a quilter...and her three daughters did not want to have any of her fabric or quilting tools, so I became the owner of most of it. Earlier in the same year, my Mom had given me her sewing machine and I guess it was meant for me to start quilting. I took a beginning class and then several others and got hooked.
b. What does Quilting mean to you?
Quilting to me means family and passing on gifts to my family members and friends. I have kept a few things for myself however.
c. Why did you want to be part of a BEE?
I wanted to have a small task each month to keep me going and challenged, as well as I liked the idea of having a quilt made at the end of the year.....we'll see if that does happen! HA HA
d. Tell us what we get to make this month with you. What are the reasons or thoughts behind your choice of block/design/project for the bee.
I would like everyone to make a star for me. I have attempted them in a class and have had difficulty making my points/stars turn out "just right". However since this in the "modern" quilt guild, I guess they don't have to be perfect points like I thought I needed in the class. Anyway, just make a star for me, any size, any type. I have included fabric for the star and some that I would like it to be backed by...or used to fill in the outer parts of the block so it ends up as either a square or rectangle.
E: Some ideas for stars.... ***
http://zuill.us/andreablog/2009/11/15/abstract-quilt-called-three-stars/ (I liked the idea of simple...)
http://quiltsoflove.blogspot.com/2010_09_01_archive.html (check out the quilting detail on this quilt. It's amazing!)
http://thelittleredhen.typepad.com/my_weblog/2012/08/twinkling-stars.html (cute site)
http://www.caroldoak.com/free-quilt-patterns.php (paper piecing for those who are BRAVE!!!)
http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/?p=1572 (good tutorials and neat site!)