So that is the way that I have approached quilting. I am not really a quilter. Back in the day, I worked at Jo-Ann's Fabrics when it was a much more enjoyable space and all the ladies who quilted would come in and I'd cut fabric for them. Most of it was teeny tiny flower prints and muslin and still, I pined for the idea of seeing their finished projects. In those days--yes, I'm that old--they didn't machine quilt like they do today. Instead, they'd piece the thing together using a machine and then quilt the item using a big hoop or stand by hand or they'd have a quilting bee where they'd sort of help each other out once a week or so. I understand that some of them had cocktails.
I must be an old soul or something because around that time, back in the mid-80's, I did do some quilts by hand. I have one sitting in the cupboard that I meant to give to a best girlfriend for her wedding. I was going to be her maid of honor and then, last minute, she called me up and uninvited me. No Quilt For You!
So, after I finished my third book, Custom Knits Accessories (yes, a *third* I've been busy), I turned to a non-yarny craft to take a break. I made this quilt.
I tend to buy fabric that catches my eye in 1/2 yard pieces and hoard them. And when I saw a girlfriend of mine, Kaity, post a YouTube video of quilters racing to finish a "jelly roll" quilt, I instantly thought of the fabric I had on hold.
So, I made myself a jelly roll of my own--no need to buy one--just 40 strips of 44" x 2.5" fabric and randomly picked them up and sewed them together based on the video. Then, I sandwiched it with some backing (bleached muslin) and machine quilted it with simple straight lines about one-half inch apart. I didn't even use one of those fancy walking feet because I like the ripply effect.
I doubt most quilters would appreciate what I did.
But, that's okay.
My wish is that whatever you do, whatever you choose to craft, that you do it the way you want to do it. You don't need any stinking manual. . .
. . . Unless it is the type of manual that tells you to follow your own heart.
I like following my own heart. It is broken and beaten up and uplifted and moved and all that. I think that's the key, don't you?