From Duckling to Swan

Talk about a show-stopping quilt! Feast your eyes on this beauty... Would you believe that the maker is still a fairly new quilter? Have a read through her testimony...

Ugly Duckling quilt, made by Billie Prost

"I started quilting in September 2015 because my Mother in law is a quilter and I thought it would be something fun we could do together. Since I was brand new to it, I reached out to some quilting friends for help. That’s when one of my girlfriends said “You HAVE to join Prairie Quilt Militia. The group is wonderful and Sharon’s patterns are amazing.” This was hands down the best piece of advice I was given! I just finished my very first mystery quilt, and while I was pretty nervous because I’ve never done a mystery quilt, I couldn’t be any happier with the results. It’s a stunning quilt and honestly, had I seen the pattern in a store, I probably wouldn’t have tried it because the finished quilt looks quite complex….not something a newbie would take on. Sharon’s patterns are so easy follow, they are laid out step by step, and I never had any problems following the directions. I’m excited for the next mystery quilt, and have even started choosing fabric so that I can make some of the previous quilts because they are so beautiful. I could go on and on, because Sharon also has some fantastic videos and tips about how to choose your fabric, achieving that scant ¼”, pressing your fabric, etc., but really you should join the group to see for yourselves, plus you’ll get a great community of women who will also support all your quilting endeavors. I highly recommend Prairie Quilt Militia and Love Shack Quilts. Sharon really cares about the people in the group and is always willing to mentor and guide you along the way. Thanks for starting this group Sharon, I learned a lot and I can’t wait to see what you come up with in the future. You have a lifelong membership from this new quilter!"

WOW! Thanks Billie! This quilt was a challenge to use up some of the odd fabrics in your stash, and take them from "Ugly Duckling" to a Beautiful Swan! I'd say that Billie achieved this here in her stunning quilt, wouldn't you? Shall we take a look at some more of these Ugly Ducklings?

This one was made by Sandra Bakka. Here's what she had to say about being a member of my quilting group. "Being a member of Prairie Quilt Militia has been great for me. Doing mystery quilts is a great way to use my stash. I live seeing what everyone else is using. Such a wide variety of fabrics. My goal is to only use stash fabrics for my mystery quilts. Considering I am always adding to the stash, this shouldn't be hard!"