After I received a quilt from my grandmother as a teenager, it inspired me to start quilting. When I set to make my first quilt, I bought a magazine with my favourite quilt pattern on it—a log cabin design.
I ambitiously set out to make a large quilt for the queen bed I planned to eventually own. Then I was off to to the fabric shop to buy a variety of light blue and pink calico fabrics.
Using tailoring scissors and a measuring tape, I cut out every piece individually. Then I sat sewing at my mom’s green Singer sewing machine listening to Alabama. I finished that quilt—holes and all—and was pretty proud of my first quilting accomplishment. I was hooked!
I took my first quilting class in downtown Cornwall, Ontario and was immediately in love with all the modern tools—no more cardboard cut-outs for me! My first projects were quilted by hand by a lady friend. Then I took my first free motion quilting class on a regular domestic machine.
Later I progressed to a larger sewing machine that gave me more space to free-motion quilt my own quilts; however, the large quilts I made were still too big for me to do so I would send those away to a long arm quilter.