Well loved……..


Candy, over at Buried in Scraps, took me down memory lane yesterday. It’s been almost 40 years since I started my quilting adventure. There have been some pauses, some lulls, some side-tracking (remember Cabbage Patch dolls??? Yup, been there. The teddy bear craze?? There, too!!) but always coming back to this particular needle art. Today it’s the machine that achieves the final outcome but ‘back then’ it was the hand cutting (no rotary cutter/die cutters), hand piecing and hand quilting. Loved it!! But I knew I had “come home” when my sewing machine got involved. You see, I love anything mechanical and this suited me to a “T”! The first projects are pictured below and have been always somewhere in my home as a reminder of those beginning days when cottons were a bit different and the quilting “rules” were a bit intimidating (but I worked hard to follow them!). The place I am at today is exemplified by such purchases as my Juki TL2011Q and the HQ Sweet Sixteen. The journey continues…………

About treadlemusic

A quilter who rides motorcycle, living on a small hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota. Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
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21 Responses to Well loved……..

  1. Sartenada says:

    Very beautiful. In Finland we have Teddy Bear Museum. πŸ™‚

    • treadlemusic says:

      For many years I would give talks to the younger school children about the origins of the Teddy Bear and had/have so many different types and items in my display that their attention was riveted! That particular toy has the incredible ability to reach out and ‘grab’ hearts (regardless of age!)! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Patti Tappel says:

    Funny I have a few stuff rabbits left from years ago. I made something like 400 back then. We need to keep some if those early reminders around.

  3. witchylin says:

    Ah! the old days of quilting when we all had more patience. I don’t think I could quilt by hand now. I also still have a cushion I made many years ago, just to remind me that I once knew how to hand quilt. LOL

  4. mary says:

    Fun! Fun! Thanks for sharing your early days, too.
    I remember pinning my layers together on the floor (and usually into the carpet) and basting by hand those three layers
    . OMGosh! I can’t imagine doing that anymore. lol

  5. ruthiequilts says:

    Wow Doreen! I’m so glad you still have those pillows! It’s fun to see them so loved!

  6. Ah, the good old days. I made a few blocks in the early 1980’s but all that hand work was just too slow for me. My rotary cutter is my friend!

    • treadlemusic says:

      Today, I so agree with you. Maybe that’s why I had a huge period of time when quilting took 2nd place in my sewing. I am not one for that type of process and I just LOVE gadgets/equipment that I can use in such things!!! I am really well stocked in that department now!!! LOL!

  7. You’ve most assuredly perfected the craft of quilting from everything you’ve shown us here on your blog. Just beautiful work, even those beginning pieces.

    • treadlemusic says:

      Thank you so much for the sweet words! Back then I didn’t know anyone else who quilted! It was a Saturday/all day workshop sponsored by the Rochester, MN, quilt guild (which I had not even heard off til the little notice in the paper caught my eye!). Now, quilters are everywhere….yay!….along with the necessary fabric supplies. Yippee! It has been an awesome journey…that’s so ongoing!

  8. CJ Tinkle says:

    Well you’ve got a few years of joy on me πŸ™‚ I’ve only been sewing for 8 years now, but I’m hooked for the rest of my life anyway!

  9. I love those! My mom made many of those pillows as well! She also made probably hundreds of quilts over the years. She can’t sew any more, due to a stroke, and I know she misses it greatly. My sister continues the tradition in the family, which is fun!

    • treadlemusic says:

      Quilts are so much a “fabric hug” and I’m so glad that the tradition will continue in your family. It’s not an art form that interests everybody….but that is what ‘makes the world go ’round’!!!! Blessings, D

  10. candy says:

    We all made those pillows, didn’t we! I think I had every one of those fabrics. πŸ™‚

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