So its easy to say, that I was quilting before the rotary cutter was something that most quilters had. We cut templates out of cardboard, and traced every single piece, and cut them out with scissors. I was still quilting much like this when I graduated high school. I remember the first time I got a rotary cutter, and the plain green mat with no lines. We used it to cut sashing strips and binding. That's about it. At the time I didn't know much about quilting, but I did know that I liked old fashioned style scrappy quilts.
For graduation, I received a book by Grace McCance Snyder from North Platte, Nebraska. It was a autobiography of sorts about Nebraska's most famous quilter. Because of that gift, from a high school English teacher, I immersed my self in quilt history. Now because of this, I have done countless hours of research, and I also teach quilting. Something I do enjoy a lot. Below is a quilt from Grace, one day I hope I am able to make at least one Masterpiece Quilt. In the mean time, enjoy Grace's quilt. Maybe it will inspire you to make your own masterpiece someday like it has me.
Flower Basket Petit Point Quilt. She copied a design on a China Plate.
Mrs. McGill's Cherries