Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Here is a block from a quilt I've been slowly piecing by hand over several years. This is block A13 from the Jane Stickle quilt, I started this quilt in 1998 but I've taken time away from it off and on over the years. I have about 100 of these little 4.5 inch blocks made so far.
I never thought I would make this quilt at all! I found the book "Dear Jane: The Two Hundred Twenty Five Patterns from the 1863 Jane A. Stickle Quilt" by Brenda Papadakis at the Houston Quilt Festival in 1996 (I think?) and bought it just for the history. I have been interested in quilt history for many years and the letters from the author to the quilter were fascinating to me. But, I told my friends who had traveled with me to the festival that I would "never" piece such tiny blocks. Who knew?!
On New Years Day 1998 I had to work but knew it would be a very quiet day so I picked up a quilting book to take with me and it just happened to be this one. I went online and found an email group of ladies making this beautiful quilt and I was hooked. I made my first block that evening. And the rest is, as they say,...history.
I will share more blocks and more tales of my travels with this quilt in the coming days. This quilt has introduced me to many people around the world, including some very special people.
More later...

Day One - My very first blog post. I'm looking forward to the possibilities and opportunities to share some of my treasures.

The name? Well, trying to be creative and cover those things I love - quilting, crochet, embroidery, sewing - fabrics and fibers of all sorts. And the treasures are those items from my family and friends - collected and treasured by me over the years.

More later...