I've never written down anything about this quilt, so I thought I would blog about it to have a record of this stepping stone on my quilting journey.
I wish I still had the pattern so I could remember what it was called. It was perhaps the 4th quilt I had ever done. Looking at it now, I can see how far I have come since then.
My fabric choices were okay, although not very exciting.
My piecing was pretty good. I had a few years of garment sewing under my belt, which came in handy.
I quilted it by hand, something I never do anymore.
The binding, however, is pretty awful. I really had no clue about how to bind a quilt. This is just one of four very rounded and puffy corners:
I didn't know about joining binding strips, so I folded the end over the beginning and it's got rather a lumpy spot where they meet. (Remember, this was before we had the Internet with it's vast array of helpful tutorials, how-to's, and instructional videos.) The smartest thing I probably did, which was more lucky than clever, was to use a multicolored fabric for the binding so that the errors could hide a little bit.
Okay, so everybody has to begin somewhere. I really liked how it turned out and actually entered it in the Challenge category of our guild's annual show that year. The theme was "flowers", so I thought "Why not?". Thankfully, the judge was kind and left me some encouraging remarks while noting that I needed to improve on my binding skills.
So that's the story of my little "Spring flowers in the Snow" quilt. I displayed it proudly in my front hall for a number of years.
One thing that strikes me about this quilt is that with it's white background, and a fairly large amount of "negative space" it sort of looks like a Modern quilt.