Hey Camille ~ have you heard the news? You've been named the Princess of First Quilt Flashers!
It wasn't me. I'm just passing along the good news.
Pat is the one who decided you were royalty. She slid in under the wire with a post about her first quilt ~ it's pretty funny too ~ and she's named you a Princess of the realm. Or a flasher... one of those.
Did you think this little parade would turn out to be so big?
I admit it, I thought ten, maybe twelve, people would take the time to dig out their first and most recent quilts, take a couple of pictures and post about them on their blogs. Fifteen, tops.
But never did I think it would be this many. I lost count. I might have kept track but I don't have that many fingers and toes.
I saw your post about the parade and I love that you posted all those awesome quilt pictures in with the links ... wish I'd thought of that. But you're better with pictures so it's probably best that you handled that anyway.
So since I'm a talker ~ yeah, like that's a news flash! ~ I'll just post random comments about how amazingly cool this whole parade of quilts turned out to be.
I loved all the awesome lessons that everybody's learned over the years. Some of them were "life lesson" kind of things and some were just really good quilting lessons.
Can you believe that quilters actually made quilts without rotary cutters? Cardboard templates? As if?!?
How funny was that fabric from the late 1970s and early 1980s?
Do you think someday we'll refer to time as B.M. and A.M.? Before Moda... After Moda.
I love that there are so many new quilters! Can you believe how many there are? And all the young women who are quilting! Well, that probably doesn't surprise you, but we do have that image of quilters being grandmas.
I've always thought that I was on the "young side" of quilters since I'm still many years away from being "the average age" but, thanks to all the new quilters who posted, I now feel really, really old... ancient. Vintage.
And not like a fine wine...
It is kind of funny to see fabric that I bought new being referred to as vintage though... funny in a "if I don't laugh, I'm going to cry" sort of way...
I enjoyed reading how so many of us have learned the same lessons ~ and how often we had to learn those lessons for ourselves even if we had the opportunity to benefit from someone else's experience.
It seems that we quilters are a stubborn lot in that regard. We have to learn some lessons the hard way... or the lumpy, poufy way.
Did you tell everyone about the prizes? I'm doing two and you're doing twelve... did I get that right?
Just kidding. Two each.
How cool is it that so many of us are still hand-quilting their quilts... well, not me, but other quilters?
I loved reading that. I hand-quilted a few small projects way back when I was younger, and I recently took a hand-quilting class to get back to doing it. Don't tell anyone but my fingers are still sore! When people talk about "no pain, no gain", it never occurred to me they were talking about quilting!
I also love that so many quilters are machine-quilting their own quilts ~ even big quilts! Did you know that Harriet Hargrave calls machine quilting "hand quilting with an electric needle?"
I also loved reading how proud everyone is of their first quilt. No matter how icky they thought it was, they still loved that first quilt and cherished it.
It is kind of like those "ugliest dog" contests, the quilts with the ickiest fabric, the highest polyester content, and the worst piecing were deemed the "most wonderful quilt".
And while I can't speak from experience on this one, I love that so many quilters mentioned how supportive and encouraging their husbands and boyfriends are. And how proud they are of the quilts!
If I had a husband, do you think he would have found something nice to say about my "green thing"? And would he have been like Bill and rescued it before I could give it away?
And all the wonderful stories behind the quilts ~ I think that was my favorite part of this parade.
Whew! That's everybody that posted their link here.
That's quite a parade...
I stole your picture... no, wait, you sent it to me! Then it's okay to use it. By the way, I really love that chair. Did I ever mention that?
There is one last thing to do before I head to bed ~ it's quite late! I have these two packages that are all ready to go. They've got names on them but they're missing addresses. So if you see your name below, would you post a comment to this so that I can e-mail you and get your mailing address?
Lisa ~ the Banana Cherie Lisa
Lucy ~ the Here's Lucy Lucy
To everyone who posted, shared, blogged, quilted and participated ~ thank you!
This has been more fun than I could possibly have imagined.
So Camille, what's next?