I began quilting from a very humble beginning. I had bought a book of curtain fabric from a remnants bin back in the 1990’s. Looking back on it, they where ghastly fabrics, but I had found a “bargain” and wanted to make something useful with them. There were no rotary cutters or quilters rulers involved back then, just a school ruler, pencil and scissors. I sewed them all together in seams that were far from equal, then though about what was the next step. My sister in law and I got together and laid it out on the floor, and we used sewing pins to keep the top more or less on the batting, which was another remnant, a motel bedspread in burnt orange, a colour that still makes me cringe today, and a bed sheet as backing. The sewing machine was put in the middle of the kitchen table, I pushed it , while Sandi pulled it using a zig zag stitch. We got it finished. I still have that “quilt” today, it is awful, out of shape, puckered and buckled but I love it’s faded charm as that was the beginning of my love for quilts. I have made a lot of quilts, and used to quilt them on my domestic machine. It was exhausting work, and eventually my shoulders became unbearably painful, and I had to think about what was next as I really couldn’t continue this way. I found a longarm quilter to finish a quilt I had made for my neice Elissa, and for her enjoyment, put it in the 2007 Maryborough Show where it placed a modest 3rd. That was it, I was totally hooked. By the end of that year I had bought my own brand new longarm machine. I was so excited. I spent months practicing on anything I could get my hands on. The local charities were kind enough to provide me with quilts to finish for them, it was win-win for all involved. I absolutely love what I do, and a day spent quilting is a good day. My husband Bill is very forgiving, and doesn’t complain too loudly when he has leftovers for a couple of days in a row as I’m glued to my longarm trying to get something finished, or walk around the house mumbling like a zombie when I am creating a new project and cannot hear what he is saying to me, or I want to endlessly talk about new quilting ideas. I hope you enjoy sharing my quilt pictures and stories. I have included a link to my website, it is about to get a revamp as it a little bit tired, but hope it gives some creative ideas. Lisa.
The link to my website is; http://quickquilt.com.au/