It is an interesting thing to start a new hobby. I remember asking my mother to help me make a quilt when I was about 13. She told me maybe and then we went and bought the material. I think that we got as far as cutting out the squares. However, we never actually sewed anything together. That my first experience with quilting.
I have always admired the Amish quilts with bold colors and beautiful appliques. The simplicity of these quilts have always created images in my mind. As a young girl, I had ideas of making these, but alas my Mom was not a person who sewed. My Grandmother could sew anything and I have fond memories of her making my doll clothes. She died when I was 11 and my mentor was gone and my voyage began on my own.
Jump ahead some 30 years and my children wanted to have Indian Halloween costumes. I had no sewing machine and could not find a Native American costume in all of Southern California. We had just returned from a Route 66 trip and bought mocchasins for all three..... but no costume. I went to Walmart and bought the cheapest sewing machine($65) and some material, ribbons, fringe, thread and off I went. I made 2 dresses , vest, leggings , and apron. I rememberd that I liked sewing and being creative.
You might ask, "How does this apply to quilting?" Well, after this my 12 year old daughter wanted to make a quilt and learn to sew. I told her let's make a quilt for your birthday and I was hooked. With minimal sewing experience, but good math skills and research skills, I took to the internet and found the easiest free pattern I could. The Chain rail...