Then in 2001, the year I left my job to be home full-time with my two sons, I happened on the TV show "Simply Quilts" on HGTV.
Well since I made one to hang over mine, of course I had to make one to hang over my husband's night stand. That was my third quilt:
This one was the product from Lesson One of Gai Perry's book "Color From the Heart" (1999). It was a lesson in random color selection. Those little squares were from fabric sample mailings I used to get from a mail order fabric supplier in the clothing sewing days. That quilt was updated in 2016 to become the background for a (hand) embroidery project and currently hangs in our downstairs bathroom.
Note that the backing/binding for this quilt is more of the same tan solid fabric I used in the first "Ribbons" quilt --- see, from the beginning I learned to use up my leftovers and scraps! The plaid border for that quilt came from (what I now know were) a full set of plaid fabric samples from the Garment Center Discards bag. The rest of those plaids were later used to make this quilt in 2008:
It's the "Point of No Return" design by the Country Threads ladies. It was in the very first issue of American Patchwork and Quilting magazine which I had purchased as a back issue on eBay. I still love Connie Tesene and Mary Etherington's designs and have since purchased more of their patterns and books. I also used just a bit of the leftovers of one of the plaids from that project to make the tackle box applique on a gift quilt in 2014 for my neighbors who like to go fishing
This little mini was also made that first year for an aunt who collects dolls. When I started quilting,I had vowed to only be a machine quilter. As noted earlier, one of the big things that had attracted me about quilting as I watched Simply Quilts was that although people still did do hand stitching, it was possible to make quilts totally by machine.
Lastly it should be noted that I did finally make one of the quilt projects from that early Simplicity booklet. It was a quilt for the second grandchild of the Aunt that gave me the book!