Friday, September 30, 2005

This is a pic of my first quilt! I was 20 when I made this in 1982 as a baby quilt for my baby sister when she was born. It's faded over the years of course, but it touched me when Mary sent the pic that showed she still had and treasured this little humble quilt. DH's grandmother showed me how to make cardboard templates, trace them and then cut the pieces. It's a wonder I ever finished this thing at all because I really hated that process, but it got me well on the way to my quilting obsession, and I haven't stopped since! The fabrics came from a children's clothing outlet in Boise, Idaho. They would sell the bags of factory scraps, I had bought two bags, one pink, and one blue floral stripe. I guess I didn't know too much about contrast then! I quilted it in the ditch, not knowing any other way to do it, and learned to do prairie points for the borders. Oh, my quilting thread? Regular sewing thread, a double strand! I'm not sure I buried knots on the back either...Oh how far we have come, and enjoyed the journey!  Posted by Picasa


  1. I love it, Bonnie! I bet we all have similar first quilt stories. I had no access to a machine, and did the entire sampler by hand. Made lots of templates! Never knew there was an easier way- I remember discovering roarty cutters and thinking I'd died and gone to heaven! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Oh Bonnie..I LOVE it ! How wonderful that she sent you the picture. What pattern did you piece? I can't tell from the photograph. You know my first was that darn hexagon quilt from my elderly aunt's instructions. I also worked with a cardboard template and scissor cut all of them. No over paper English style for me...LOL.
    Maybe it would be fun to call for "first quilt..raw beginnings" sometime from our mavericks group?
    Humility is a good thing..*S*

  3. Bonnie, how sweet is that! I have my first quilt still. I'll have to dig up a picture. It was with dress fabric from JoAnne fabrics of course and I made it in home ec while everyone else did a pillow! :) I was not going to be happy with just a pillow even then! And yes, I used cardboard templates and traced and cut with scissors!

  4. Bonnie, how beautiful!! It is so sweet. I can't believe you even put on prairie points...you have no fear!!!

  5. Bonnie: You've come a long way! :) That is really neat that your sister still has the quilt. Ever wonder what you'd be doing today if you hadn't started quilting?

    Judy L.


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