"How did you start quilting?" is the number one question I get, right after "What kind of name is Timna?"
The short answer to the quilting question is that there have always been quilters in my life. My mother quilted, my grandmother quilted, and growing up there were quilts made by my great-grandmothers in my house. But, I had no interest in quilts until after I graduated from college. Only then did I make a quilt, in secret, using a borrowed sewing machine because I didn't want anyone to know that I was thinking that quilting might possible be a good idea. I didn't use a pattern, or consult a book. I just made a quilt based on what I thought I knew about quilting.
Last month I wrote a Mother's Day essay for the International Quilt Festival Newslestter Friends @ Festival about the women that influenced my quilting life. You can read it here.
Now, do you want to see that first quilt? It's a doozy...even if I could take a good photograph of it, it would still be a doozy. I've learned a lot in the last 15 years.