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TBT: Road to Tennessee Quilt

I’m joining A Quarter Inch from the Edge to share new pics of an old quilt for Throwback Thursday.

 

Isn’t it funny that I made a quilt from a block called Road to Tennessee, long before I knew I would actually move here? I had never even set foot in TN when I made this quilt in 2011, and I have no idea how I came across this block, but here we are a few years later – from MS to CA to TN!
#TBT is supposed to showcase quilts before blogging, but I actually started quilting after I started this blog. So this has also been a walk down bloggy memory lane as I looked at old posts to remember what was going on in life while i was making this quilt.
I made the top in August 2011, my third quilt top ever, when I was living in San Francisco (blogged about it here). I didn’t actually finish the quilt until a year later in August 2012, when I finally go the courage to quilt it myself and try “cheater binding” for the first time – I even wrote a tutorial for it (blogged about it here). This quilt gave me a lot of confidence while I was healing and getting used to living in San Francisco. Actually, you could probably say that about all the quilts I made in those years of learning to sew and live in a new city… and stumbling at every step of the way.
Here are a few Throwback Thursday pics from 2011-2012:
The Amateur Librarian // Road to Tennessee Quilt
The Amateur Librarian // Road to Tennessee Quilt
The Amateur Librarian // Road to Tennessee Quilt
The Amateur Librarian // Road to Tennessee Quilt
The Amateur Librarian // Road to Tennessee Quilt
The Amateur Librarian // Road to Tennessee Quilt
The Amateur Librarian // Road to Tennessee Quilt
The Amateur Librarian // Road to Tennessee Quilt
And here are a few recent pics, at the end of the road in Tennessee:
The Amateur Librarian // Road to Tennessee Quilt
The Amateur Librarian // Road to Tennessee Quilt
The Amateur Librarian // Road to Tennessee Quilt
The Amateur Librarian // Road to Tennessee Quilt
The Amateur Librarian // Road to Tennessee Quilt
The Amateur Librarian // Road to Tennessee Quilt
Today I would probably mix in more prints from other collections, and i would definitely vary up the layout so it’s not so symmetrical. But it’s held up pretty well for one of my first quilts, and I still love the cool side of the rainbow colors. And if you read the second post, you’ll understand why the sheet backing still reminds me that I can get through tough times (ostomy bag blowouts definitely count as tough times in my book).

Happy Throwback Thursday! I’m linking up to A Quarter Inch from the Edge.

Throwback Thursday

 

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8 thoughts on “TBT: Road to Tennessee Quilt

  1. Wow, how serendipitous to make the quilt and then end up in Tennessee. I gravitate toward cool colors myself, and one of the things I love most about my quilting history is knowing how well things have held up that are less well constructed than what I create now.

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  2. Amazing that you ended up in Tennessee! That little print with the cars and houses knew something you didn’t at the time. I like your cheater binding, too. I used it on my first hand quilted quilt (on my tbt post) without realizing that that was not a typical way to bind.

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