What’s Your Quilting Story?

I want to share a really fun quilt block with you – and it’s free! This is the first block in a new BOM published in The Quilt Pattern Magazine. The whole quilt is  circus-themed and so much fun. circus quilt block

Okay, on with my post!

What inspired you to become a quilter? It’s always interesting to hear the story’s that brought us all together under this patchwork umbrella. I’ll share my story with you.

Although my family is full of sewers, none of them were quilters. I grew up sewing clothes. I learned to sew when I was 9 years old and I don’t think there is a day that has gone by when I haven’t sewed in one form or another. When I didn’t have a sewing machine, I made myself clothes with a needle and thread. Yes, I’m that sick!

So, one year I went to a women’s retreat with my church. It was a beautiful place, as most retreat facilities are. In one of the rooms, there was a quilt hanging on the wall and I was awestruck. I’ve never made one like it, but I can still see it in my mind.

A colorful Lone Star with floral applique in the corners and on the side setting triangles. It was hand quilted. It was the most beautiful thing I’d seen. I was hooked. After that, I couldn’t wait to get home, pull out some fabric and start quilting!

The sewing room of a quilter and the sewing room of a fashion sewer are pretty much two different things. Different fabrics, tools and books; I’d been sewing my whole life, I could quilt. What was the big deal?

I kid you not; I made my first quilt block and sewed it with 5/8″ seams. It didn’t turn out too well. This was before we all had computers and Internet access. I had to go to the library to find some books and learn a few things. I learned all right and went on to sew quilt block after quilt block. I didn’t make any quilts for a long time, but I had a lot of blocks.

The first quilt I made and finished.

The first quilt I made and finished.

After that, I made a lot of wall hangings and a few bed sized quilts. I sold a lot of quilts at craft shows, and then I started designing quilts and selling patterns. I was immersed in the quilting world as much as a person could be. I still enjoy designing quilts.

What’s your story? We’d love to hear it.



About Karen

Karen has been a seamstress since the age of 9, and a quilter for the past 25 years. She's enjoyed all sorts of quilt adventures including quilt making, hand quilting, quilt design, quilt magazine publication (Cotton Spice) and now she's the editor of The Quilt Pattern Magazine.  She wrote a book - Log Cabin Quilts: A Brand New Story by Karen Murphy (I've since remarried) with Martingale and Company in 2004. Karen also enjoys knitting, writing and editing, and hunting treasure in thrift stores and estate sales. She has 14 grandchildren and one on the way. You can read her blog on writing and editing at http://livinginserendipity.com  Or visit her Etsy shop where she sells her primitive stitchery designs https://www.etsy.com/shop/karne

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