It was time for more baby quilts.
It was soon time for me to make more "baby quilt and time out chairs" for new family members to be. My nieces were both expecting a second child. This time we were expecting a girl and a boy. So here are their sets.
Around the same time..
I was teaching art in a middle school in Warrenton VA during my first few years as a quilter.
It made sense that my art background and love of fibers always spurred me to want to experiment and try to discover the big "wonder what if we do this…?
I began to experiment with Art Quilting, dyeing fabrics, painting fabrics…etc.
I also went with a co-worker to John C. Campbell Craft school
camp and took a class with http://www.bernierowell.com
I enjoyed trying her techniques of painting with latex paints on fabric and canvas.
I also took an Art Class from a local quilt store (now closed).
I began dyeing some of my own fabrics.
I continued having fun while learning to use my sewing machine.
Next quilt 2006-2007
So trying to remember the order I made my quilts during 2006-2007 is proving difficult.
Sad I did not document my quilts better.
So let's see, my grandson Caleb came along in 2007 so I of course created my first grandchild a special quilt. His quilt was an A,B,C quilt, I figured mommy could use it as a learning aid lol also. His time out chair was a giraffe and a little different style chair then I had made in the past.
Next up..my first t-shirt quilt.
So my third quilt was actually the reason I decided to try quilting. My youngest child had been saving t-shirts from his sports and such for years in hopes that I would someday create a memory quilt for him using the various t-shirts.
So I made the decision to just go for it, to make the t-shirt quilt I had been challenged to create.
By now though I also was hooked on quilting, I wanted to learn as much as I could, I was no longer scared to death of my little sewing machine my mom had given me, in fact the hubby was encouraging me to purchase a new larger machine to accommodate my new found fiber medium.
Again this quilt was long armed by someone other then me. Joyce a fellow guild member did a wonderful job of long arm quilting this quilt.
The recipient and owner of quilt is my son Brian.
My 2nd quilt
So after I created my "glow in the dark" turning twenty quilt I decided that I would take my hubby to our local quilt store at the time…
and choose a coordinated set of fabric for my next real quilt. ;-) So my 2nd quilt was a lap quilt for my hubby. As you can see it is nicely coordinated but I learned quickly that I actually liked creating glow in the dark quilts more. At this time I was making my quilt tops only then sending them away to be long arm quilted.
Around same time as My 1st quilt
Around the same time period that I was attempting to learn how to quilt I had two nieces that were expecting their first babies.
So I thought to myself how difficult could it be to make baby quilts??? and at the same time there was a TV show that was popular think it was called "The Nanny"?? Well the show had made "Time Out" chairs popular so what better then to create baby quilts with a matching time out chair?
My first two sets were given to Christy for Riley and Carrie for Mya.
My first quilt
I have been blogging at http://wannabequiltartisttjm.blogspot.com for quite a while YET while setting this site up it offered an onsite blog so I figured it might be a nice way to archive my quilts and some of my creative designs.
So will start off by posting about my very first quilt. When I moved to VA, I joined a quilt guild as a way to try to meet new people. I choose to join a quilt guild because I had promised my youngest son long ago that I would someday learn to quilt so I could create him a t-shirt quilt.
So my first quilt was a pattern called turning twenty. I was told to choose 20 fat quarters and show up for a workshop. I call this my glow in the dark quilt because I just choose 20 fabrics that attracted my interests and the quilt actually looked like it glowed…The recipients were my son JB and his now wife Claire. The year was 2006.
I've begun this blog to serve as a archive of my quilts.