Fast forward about a year and a half. I started making cakes for family and friends, and I wasn't half bad from the get-go. Everyone kept telling me that I must have a lot of patience. Me? Doubtful. Then again, perhaps I do.
The teapot cake I made for my neice's 5th birthday 2 years ago.
Then in September of this past year I was in JoAnn's waiting to get some fabric cut with my daughter in the shopping cart. I started talking with the woman behind me in line who asked if I quilted. I told her no, that I didn't have the patience. She encouraged me to give it a try. I tucked the conversation away in my mind. When I found out I was pregnant again, about a month later, I decided to give it a try.. nothing fancy, just a kit for beginners. It would be enough to have to worry about corners matching up without dealing with triangles and other sorts of craziness!
Well obviously, I loved the experience because two weeks after I finished my first top, I made another! Now two quilts down, and I started this Beginner's Quilt Along hosted by Quilting Gallery. I'm so glad I did. This week I learned how to make those pesky triangles, and honestly they were super easy. I wasn't able to make them the way I was instructed because I couldn't find my marking pen, but I used my brain (man that feels good every once in a while!) and figured out another way. And when I sewed the whole thing together it was as perfect a block as I could have wished for. All the corners lined up and everything!
Last week I followed a blog hop that was giving tutorials on Dresdens and I thought to myself, no... never. Honestly, though, after seeing how stupidly easy doing triangles were with proper instruction and tools I would totally give other shapes a try. But appliques, those might be a different beast. Baby steps, right?