We spent last night totally clearing out the deep closet in our bedroom.
Flashback to this spring. You may remember that there was some bedroom shuffling here at Chez Depre. With P&E graduating college and informing us that they would not be returning to reside we finally made the move of our bedroom into the largest bedroom in the house (a whole 2 feet more in width!!). Our old bedroom became the joint office and the smallest room in the house is a guest room.
So walls were painted and furniture shuffled and then life hit. And the closets never got shuffled. But they are now!
Several “lost” items reemerged from the depths….shoes….bags…pillowcases (I found all my Halloween and Christmas ones…don’t ask I have no idea how they landed up in there).
And a stack of quilts that were way in the back.
These were quilts that Paul and Em used in their rooms. Well some of them. Some have already traveled to their new homes.
And on the stack was this quilt.
It is the very first quilt I made when I ventured back to quilting after a 5-6 yr hiatus when the kids were babies. I had about 2 years of self taught knowledge under my belt thanks to the local library shelves. But during their childhood I discovered Simply Quilts and I watched faithfully. And absorbed.
So of course my first quilt back was from a pattern out of an early Alex Anderson book “Scrap….err….something or another”…I can’t remember right now and it’s in the studio is two flights of stairs down…lol. Anyway it’s out of print.
This quilt was made back in the day when my stash literally fit into two shoe boxes and my budget allowed visits to the 10″ square scrap bin at the newly discovered quilt shop, The Cotton Co. (sadly no longer in business).
I so wanted to make a bed size quilt. But as piecing (on the dining room table with my wedding gift Singer) was happening I was dreaming up more and more quilts. And this quilt got smaller and smaller so I could just get ‘er done and move on. See I was still in the “I will never have UFOs honeymoon stage of quilting”.
Finally I settled on this wall size….err lap size for a pint sized Emie and thus why it was in her room for naps.
Here are P & E standing in front of the quilt at a local show. Yes even now at age almost 23 still this is the attitude. Did I mention this quilt was made in 1997.
WOW 16 years have flown by!
And in the end we named the quilt “O Canada” because it has one red leaf in it…..pointed out by dear son. Yes even at age 6 3/4 sarcasm was his middle name.
I can’t believe just 18 months later I was on a plane to teach my very first quilt workshop. And six months after that I left my job and threw my hat in the ring full time.
Wonder what my life will be like in 16 more years…..I bet the journey is going to be lots of fun!
Enjoy your day,