She also presented me with this tiny treasure, a little metal sewing machine that she had had as a child. The needle is missing, but it actually once sewed.
It measures just six inches high and was made in Britain. I love it!!! It's new home is atop a quilt rack in my dining room.
On the rack this month is my very first quilt. I was a fan of the Alex Anderson HGTV program "Simply Quilts" and though I knew very little about the quilting process, I loved watching that program. HGTV offered free patterns for this machine appliqué block of the month quilt. As you can see from this segment, the twelve blocks each reflected one month of the year. The directions seemed clear, so I decided to purchase a sewing machine and give it a try. I was totally hooked! My Aunt Joan, who was then in her seventies, had never quilted in her life either. She loved my quilt so much that after I showed her the process, she too created her very first quilt.
If you look in the lower left hand corner of the July block, you will see that my beloved miniature schnauzer Katie, whom I lost this past January, even made an appearance in a few of the blocks. In case you're wondering, this quilt was completed in 2004.
I love quilting and all the many wonderful friends I have made through this hobby of buying yards and yards of perfectly fine fabric, cutting it into little pieces, and sewing it back together again . :-) I am still a fan of Alex Anderson and love her internet program with Ricky Tims, The Quilt Show.