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This is the story of my Wilding Angels Quilt and the story of how I started quilting:
I first saw the pattern for the quilt at a show at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, UK. It's a design by Debbie from Letters Tied with Blue and was on the Fat Quarters stall. I looked and looked at it. I have done cross stitch for ever, but I was really scared about embroidery without counted thread and patterns with symbols. We went back the next year and I looked at it again, and Debbie tried to convince me I could do it just fine. I went back the next year. Looked again. Walked away again.
Then Linda, my Mother-in-Law, took me on a class with Debbie - a Christmas Surprise Class: as part of the class we embroidered a very small angel design. I loved it! I signed up for another class at the end of January on my birthday. Even scarier than hand embroidery, this class required a sewing machine....
With my birthday money I bought the patterns and all the fabric for the Wilding Angels. And with the class I learnt how to use my sewing machine.
I started off at a gallop and then slowed down, because I was enjoying it so much I didn't want it to be finished. Finally, eighteen months later, once I had discovered a world of patterns to give me my embroidery fix (Vignette and Cinderberry Stitches at the moment) and a whole world of patchwork (Farmer's Wife, Sampler quilts), I completed the final embroidery, constructed the quilt top, hand quilted it and bound it.
This is where my hobby started - it is entirely Debbie's fault and she seems to be very proud of this fact :)
Thank you for reading my story. I have loads of quilts half made: hopefully by next time, I'll have one of these to share.