Sunday, April 15, 2007

From First to Most Recent Completion....

This week's Stashbuster Topic asks us to talk about our first quilt. What was yours?

This is a pic of my first completed all the way 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. This was before rotory cutters! 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!

Mary is now expecting her 2nd child, and I just finished the binding on the quilt (it's a boy! I found out today!) while I was at Tonyas. How's that to make someone feel old? I made a quilt for her when she was born, and now I'm making quilts for her kids!



  1. How lovely that your niece still has her quilt.
    You were very clever to do prairie points on your very first quilt.:-)

  2. How great that your first quilt is still treasured. And the age thing, just think quilters have young minds forever.

  3. The first quilt is sweet and precious, this latest one glorious... the story is completely splendid. (It's what we're all about as quilters... connecting generations!) Thanks for sharing.

  4. Your first quilt was very sweet. . .much sweeter than mine. Mine was a block quilt made from red and blue bandanas --- tied --- and given to my boyfriend for his birthday. I wonder where that quilt is now? I'll have to look. . .

  5. Isn't it fun to remember what we used to do when we quilted back then!

  6. "I made a quilt for her when she was born, and now I'm making quilts for her kids!"

    Now THAT is a beautiful thing!

  7. Poor litle quilt, it's definitely seen better days. But the old quilts that Keryn and I made 30 years ago are so soft and cuddly and familiar I could never get rid of them.
    And your nephew is lucky getting that lovely new quilt, it turned out great.How long till he makes an appearance?At least you won't have a rush at the last moment.

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