One day the quilt group in the park asked me to teach them how to paint on fabric. They wanted something southwestern, so I agreed. It was my first use of my 'little people' which I had designed for sets of cards etc. While we were in the class I casually mentioned what a great quilt they would make - one of the girls offered to help me make a quilt - all the rest agreed to help me. I had ABSOLUTELY no idea how to quilt, how to put a quilt together. I drew l6" x 20" panels and we picked out the sashing fabric. Eighteen of my friends helped us. Two close friends helped me sandwich each block with a portion of the sashing. l6 of my friends hand quilted a block each and when we got them back my friends showed me how to put the quilted blocks together. I then hand quilted the quilt - I couldn't believe how beautiful it was. That was the last year we were able to go to Arizona and when we got home I decided I wanted to make
another quilt so that I wouldn't forget anything. All of my hand painted quilts were 'quilt as you go' and all were hand quilted. There was a lot of interest in the quilts and there are three of them in the US - hmm I wonder if they are still being used.
I then put together a group of blocks given to me for running the first Western retreat - it was two sided and I learned then that traditional quilting for me was not nearly as much fun as using my own ideas for quilts or wall hangings. I will put a picture of the second and third quilt I made - one was given to my son Rob 9 years ago and he treasured it. I have it in my
collection - Shirley