Friday, March 28, 2014

Flashback Friday: In the Beginning..There Were Wonky Blocks (but not on Purpose)

I wanted to learn how to quilt so I started making some blocks. Itty, bitty Farmer's Wife blocks with a billion pieces in a six inch space may not have been the best choice, but hey, I didn't know anything. I just started. They were kind of crooked and a bit wonky and some of my color choices were kind of crazy.

I learned something with every block and I was having fun. Then baby #6 was born and there were newborn feedings, etc and I set those blocks aside.

 After a month or so I thought I would try and make some larger blocks. I read about a new technique  (to me) that I wanted to try. I made half square triangles by sewing around two squares together then cutting them in half. It was a fun way to make HST's.
Then later that summer Sarah Jane released her first fabric line, Children at Play, and there were so many things I wanted to make. I made some dresses for the girls, craft items,  and this stroller quilt for the baby. I was inspired by a hopscotch print in the line and made a hopscotch in the center using the prints and a sidewalk mimicked with different shades of gray. The embroidery says, "Your dreams are just a hop, skip, and a jump away." The embroidered flower was a part of an embroidery pattern Sarah released too. I also decided to make the baby a quilt and bumper pads with Children at Play.
So I did. This was the first crib size quilt I ever made and am proud to say it is still in use today.

I still have a lot to learn and many areas to improve in. I do not have much time to designate to hobby play but I sure definitely enjoy the moments spent making quilts or crafting things for family, friends, or others. Have a great weekend!!


  1. I love your story Gina. Its fun looking back and seeing where our quilting has progressed and how much we've learnt :-)

  2. I remember falling in love with that crib quilt before we were friends. I also remember thinking that was the coolest baby room ever and how when i had been quilting for as long as you had i would make something just as amazing! I didn't realize that you hadn't been quilting all that long yet! And it was probably what pulled me into the SJ flickr pool and started our friendship :)
    As for your Farmers Wife blocks, they are awesome!! I love the one with the pink woodgrain and music notes. What became of them?

    1. And now that i've read that back it sounds like i'm trying to say you're old!! What i meant, i sure you know, is that your crib quilt is so amazing that you had to have made a lot of quilts to get that good. When in reality you've just always been that good! You're not old. You're awesome... shutting up now. The End.

  3. Wow the crib quilt is ... I'm lost for words ... "beautiful" just doesn't cut it!

  4. Very nice story, Gina! :) Your work is wonderful!!! Enjoy your (not only) sewing time :) Jola *

  5. I just love your "looking back" story ! I really adore your crib quilt with the Cathedral Windows! It is so elegant, with gorgeous fabrics in it!
    And, your Farmer's Wife Quilt blocks are really pretty! I love #8 Bouquet, with the musical notes fabric, the best!
    There is no way that I could've started my block constructing journey on FWSQ blocks!! You are fearless!!
    And always have had the "special touch" of putting the beautiful fabrics together!


  6. Love your story and your creations, Gina!

  7. Great story Gina, sometimes ignorance is bliss when it comes to diving right in and starting with Dear Jane style 6 inch blocks :) Your crib quilt is beautiful, what a lovely testament to your skills.

  8. I still have my first placemat sized quilt attempts. I need to bind them and show on the blog! Your first quilts are brilliant compared to mine, but it's fun to look back and see improvements!

  9. Lovely story, Gina! It's nice to look back and see where and how it all began. Absolutely love your crib quilt, the colours and the pattern are adorable! This is very impressive for the first ever crib size quilt. Wishing you more time for your wonderful hobby. :-)

  10. Gina, I love your blog. I have so much fun following you on instagram too. So, I've nominated you for the Liebster Award. There's 11 questions on my blog to pass on to you. :)

  11. What a beautiful flash back! You are so very clever xx