Sunday, July 12, 2009

my first quilt

Camille and Carrie are hosting a parade of quilts, and I thought I would join in. You have to be nice--my first quilt was made when I was about 10 years old. I got into it until I got to the finishing part--it took me forever to put the binding on (I am still not as good about finishing quilts as I am at starting them....). It is hand quilted on the first border, and it was tied (long ago). It's in rough shape now, but I have a sentimental attachment to it. I know, it's kind of ugly.
My most recent quilt is this one:

Since my first quilt (19 years ago) I have changed a lot! My color choices are drastically different, my hand quilting is much better, my machine quilting (which didn't exist then) is coming along. I have also gotten more accurate in my piecing, and I've become a lot more willing to step outside the box in terms of colors and patterns. When I first started quilting, I made all my quilts with cream as a background color (maybe not all, just a lot). I also often would see a picture and decide to make the quilt in the same color scheme. Now I am much more willing to try out lots of color combinations that would have scared me in the past. So that's it! I can't wait to poke around and see everyone else's quilting journeys.


  1. 10??? You made a quilt when you were 10? I was still trying to figure out how to plug in the sewing machine! :)

    And it's not ugly at all, it's quite wonderful, as are all first quilts. Your most recent quilt is also pretty wonderful, it's definitely a "happy" quilt.

    Thank you for sharing your quilts and your lessons!

  2. 10 years old.. my goodness. I would have been asking mom to make me one @ that age. ha ha.. So congratulations to you -- that is incredible.

    I hear you on stepping outside the box on colors takes some time and courage, but somehow after a quilt is finished it comes together no matter what colors are used.

    Thanks for sharing.

  3. Wow! quilting at 10, I ran in the other direction when my mom was at the sewing machine! Way too detailed for me. Thanks to a good friend and a lot of encouragement I was able to find quilting! I also remember the first time I did not copy the colors I saw in a pattern - terrifying! So happy I did! I really like both your quilts, it's fun to see the changes in quilting trends. Thanks for sharing!

  4. You should be so proud that you made that at the age of 10! It is simply wonderful.

  5. Thanks for sharing your quilts. Your first one is very sweet--and I love the colors in your most recent. Great quilters are always changing--that's an awesome thing about us!

  6. Is the last one an x-block? I've been teaching that method recently. Great colors!

  7. I love your first quilt and think it's wonderful that you still love it, too. Fabulous colors on your latest project.