Some things happen in life (and in the lives of those we care about) that cause us to stop, step back and take a walk down memory lane. I found this photograph the other day.
When I began quilting years ago my kids were toddlers. As you can see in the photograph they were very supportive back then too – allowing me time for quilt therapy. Apparently they thought it was “group” therapy!
That quilt was the first queen size quilt I made. It was entirely hand quilted and I was proud of it… until seeing it on display at the San Diego Quilt Show (1992). The quilting was well enough but that star should have been titled “Snakes Trails”. Oh, how it curved! Now I look at it and know it needed more careful piecing and much more quilting. Of course, the fact that I had a child on my back and another at my elbow may have altered my skill level.
Anyway, it was good enough to go on our bed and that’s where it stayed until, in only a few short years, the sun and the cats transformed it (It’s now a “kitty apartment” cover, but that’s another story). One thing I learned from that quilt is that it’s always a good idea to use high quality materials. I learned this lesson the hard way, as you can see in the last two photos below.
I didn’t think of it then but that original photograph is another way of documenting my quilting history. The quilt may not survive but there’s a good chance the memories will. Taken before we had a digital camera, it was a hard copy but now it’s scanned and saved. Documenting is usually a serious business. Have you ever used humorous photos when documenting your quilts or fiber art?