One of the first "link-ups" that I went to on-line was Amy's Bloggers' Quilt Festival on "Amy's Creative Side" Blog, only 1 year ago. It was part of what got me hooked into the whole quilt blog world, because I found so many wonderful quilt blogs as I looked at each of the links! I'm so excited to link up this year with my "Medical Lab Quilt". Thank you Amy for creating this wonderful festival, and please take a look over there for some incredibly amazing quilts, and quilters.
I started sewing this quilt on January 1st, 2011, as part of a "Fun-a-day" program at our local art center. The idea was to do something creative each day in January, then to get together in early February to share our work. I knew right away that I wanted to make a quilt, but I wanted to stretch my skills by doing something not only different, but something to practice a new skill. I had taken a free-motion quilting class several months earlier, and decided I wanted to practice these skills. As a former medical technologist who worked in a hospital lab, I decided to pick the topic of things, mostly under the microscope, that I encountered in the lab. Each day I thread painted a different quilt block. You can see all of the blocks in my blog in the month of January, 2011.
I love this quilt because it combines 2 of my favorite things... science and quilting. Not only did I get better at free-motion quilting, but I also used the "quilt as you go" method for the first time. Right now it's on display at our local hospital, through the art center. I truly had fun-a-day while making it too!