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Once upon a time there was a girl (ok, a mature, wise, older experienced woman!!) who dithered about becoming a blogger.  After much encouragement from friends who were already ensconsed in blogland she took the plunge.  Many ideas came and went in her head - some of them were even committed to paper, ah screen.  However, she quickly came to realise that even though it seemed like it was a good idea at the time it may not be able to live up to the grand plans she had for it.

Such was the case with Doily Thursday. Even though it was my intention to make Doily Thursday a weekly post I came to realise that as much as I loved the humble doily and all that can be done with it, I just wasn't creative enough to make a weekly post about it.  Cause, let's face it, how many different, interesting things can you say about doilies?!?!?! And so continues the blogging learning curve (which sometimes feels steep and slippery!!).

So, what next? A new idea, hopefully one with more staying power.  Quilts - A Retrospective will trace my quilting history from inception to the present day.  I started quilting ten years ago quite impulsively.  I was an embroiderer and was attending my very first Craft Show in Sydney with my Mum.  While strolling down the aisles I saw this beautiful quilt that totally captivated me and so an addictive obsession was born!  I knew nothing about quilting, hadn't sewn since high school and didn't have a sewing machine!  In fact, I was so 'quilting' ignorant that I asked the sales lady for the kit for the quilt (such things in Australia didn't exist then)!  She suggested that I take a class at her shop - a quilt top in a day class.

My first quilt - Colourwash Heart
The teacher was a lovely, talented lady called Yan Pring who is renowned for her colourwash quilts. Her classes were great fun, lots of laughter and a heck of a lot of sewing.  You see Yan did all the cutting and you did all the sewing.  That's how you go home with a quilt top finished in a day.

I fell in love with the soft pastel roses and flowers and the pretty pinks and blues.  I was, and am, a passionate rose lover and the lovely heart was all about my love for my Family (considerably smaller at that time!!)  It seemed that this quilt was designed with me in mind.

I loved this quilt so much and received many wonderful compliments from friends and family (none of whom quilted).  I felt very clever.  Of course, I had no idea how to repeat this marvelous feat and since I wanted to make another one I took the same class over again.  More laughter, more sewing, another quilt.

 This time I made one in much richer colours - purples, reds and bronzes.

And those of you who were quilting ten or so years ago - do you recognise the pansies?  Remember when it seemed every second fabric on the shelf was a different colour variation of the same pansy fabric?  Well, some of those found their way into this richer quilt!!

Of course, I had know idea that making a quilt top in a day was unusual.  Weren't all quilts made this way? No?  Imagine my surprise to learn that some quilts took years to complete.

Well, that is another chapter for another day!

Until next time,  happy quilting, knitting, sewing, crafting  ....

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