I've longingly looked on as gorgeous quilts were started and completed in the modern quilt along. I own The Modern Quilt Workshop and I've thought about joining, but I know I'm just not up to the task. (Check out Kim's quilt -- is that not incredible?)
Now I've started several quilts over the years and not one of them has ever made it anywhere near completion. Probably because I have always chosen something too ambitious and gone into it with too little know how. So I decided to start with something easy and to learn the basics from my knowledgable local quilt shop teachers.
Even though I've been sewing since I got my first children's sewing machine when I was about 7, I went in and told them that I wanted to start from scratch. I asked to be taught about thread, fabric selection, everything. So that's how I'm coming at this -- with a totally fresh outlook.
With the help of the friendly staff at Robert's Sewing Center in Joliet, I chose these fabric:
And I will be making the "Candy Cane Lane" quilt from Christmas at the Bears Paw Ranch. It's a *very* easy design in which there really aren't any corners that have to meet, so I don't have that to worry about. We'll save that for quilt number #2. The fabrics are civil war prints I think and they are from various manufacturers. I needed so many different prints that we kind of had to pull them from all over the place.
Overheard at our house:
Me: My homework is to wash and iron the fabrics.
Pete: I'll show you how the iron works.
Me: Very funny.
Pete: And I'll wash the fabric too.