My Typewriter Quilt

I am pleased to report that I have another finished quilt, one of my own design. I don’t know why, but I was so in love with this typewriter/glasses/notebook fabric!   It was reflective of my past and some of what I did for a long time (typing for a living).  I wore glasses much of my life and, before quilting, I definitely had a stationery obsession. So, who wouldn’t want this fabric?

I learned to type a long time ago – on a manual typewriter. My first class was a short course in summer school.  That was a enough to get started and allowed me to get pretty good at it.  Then, as a senior, I needed a filler course so I took it again.  I remember sailing through it, but, because I knew how to type I had to fake it.  Also, I remember getting hysterical and laughing so hard at my swearing like a sailor when things went wrong. Of course,  Sister ? couldn’t hear me over the typewriters clacking – thank God.


Percy wasn’t pleased that my attention wasn’t focused on him. I really wanted to finish – we were going back to Maine on Sunday, which meant I wouldn’t be able to get to it again until July. I wanted it finished this quarter and it is!

The back is pieced (summer pedicure showing). It has my label and some threads that are still not cut! It was more important for me to finish it rather than tidy it up, so I skipped that for now.

I wanted a picture in a little more light. Again, Percy was sure I was spreading it out for him to pose on!  It must be great to think everything is about you!

Another attempt at a quick, but artistic picture.

Its a wrap for another one of my second quarter goals for 2018FALQ2.    The UFOs are getting done, slowly but surely.


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  1. June 26, 2018 / 6:09 PM

    I learned how to type long ago too, on a manual. My friend Linda and I used to race each other during the timed typing tests in class. One other friend still remembers the two of us trying to beat one another (she always beat me by a hair). This quilt is perfect; I completely relate to all of it, even Percy loving it so much he just had to lay on it. My UFO stack is not decreasing like I’d like it too. I keep adding to it! Great job on the finish!

    • kathleenquilts
      June 27, 2018 / 2:23 PM

      Well, my UFO stack is decreasing but not fast enough. Getting caught on too many other little things. Better go bind my Island Batik quilt!

  2. June 26, 2018 / 10:01 PM

    I completely understand why you fell in love with those fabrics! Super cute quilt, both with and without Percy on it 🙂

    • kathleenquilts
      June 27, 2018 / 2:23 PM

      Ah, Louise, he is a fine dog and a great companion. Falling in love with fabrics has never been a problem for me.

  3. June 27, 2018 / 12:18 AM

    Cute fabric, quilt, doggy and toes! I also learned to type on a manual typewriter! Remember the correction tape? LOL! Thank you for sharing!

    • kathleenquilts
      June 27, 2018 / 2:24 PM

      Thanks, Mia! I was an expert at correction tape and inserting letters!

  4. June 27, 2018 / 9:52 AM

    I was the last class to learn to type on typewriters in my high school, and I loved the sound of the keys clicking when we were in class. I can definitely understand why the fabric speaks to you! Congratulations on getting it done and I bet you will get a lot of joy out of using it in the years ahead. Percy certainly already is. 🙂

    • kathleenquilts
      June 27, 2018 / 2:28 PM

      The sound of keys clicking was a great sound. I just saw a keyboard that looks like that and clicks….not sure I want to go there but it is an option.

  5. June 27, 2018 / 11:03 AM

    Kathleen, this is a fun finished quilt with a great memory and story to tell. I love the colors in those prints. Great job finishing it before Maine. Hope you’re having a great summer there.

    • kathleenquilts
      June 27, 2018 / 2:32 PM

      Nancy, it does hold fond memories. The colors were not what I usually go for but it was fun to make! I am enjoying Maine, although this blog stuff is driving me a bit bonkers….nearly through with the email problem.

  6. Tina Davies
    June 27, 2018 / 12:35 PM

    Just finished (& returned to library, so don’t have the title handy) Tom Hanks’ collection of short stories, each of which has a typewriter reference somewhere within. He wrote it totally on a manual typewriter. If you have access to a library at your Maine retreat, it’d make nice vacation reading! I taught myself on my dad’s Underwood, a few centuries ago (it feels like that, anyway) and it was very satisfying to hear and feel the keys and carriage return in action as a term paper moved toward completion. Almost as satisfying as quilting, indeed!

    • kathleenquilts
      June 27, 2018 / 2:21 PM

      Thanks for reminding me of that book, I have been meaning to read it!

  7. Connie Kresin Campbell
    July 2, 2018 / 5:54 PM

    Cute quilt and definitely Percy approved!!

    • kathleenquilts
      July 2, 2018 / 9:03 PM

      Thanks, Connie. He is a good judge of a finished quilt.

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