First Quilt?

Camille from Thimble Blossoms and Carrie from Miss Rosie’s Quilt Company were hosting a first quilt….current quilt parade.  I am late jumping on the band wagon, because my I had trouble defining which quilt is my first quilt.

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This quilt, was made with crazy quilt blocks and pre printed fabric squares.  I made it for Kelli when she was 2-she’s 22 now.  My mom machine quilted it enough to hold it all together.  At that point in my life I LOVED embroidery so I hand embroidered along all of seams of the crazy quilt blocks. 

In the early summer of 1990, I went home to visit my parents, we had three kids under three years old and I was a stay at home mom with a husband who was working LONG hours.  When I got to my parents, mom suggested that she watch the children and I go do her errands by myself.  She new I was stressed and needed a break from the kids.  While I was out shopping I bought a quilt magazine.  In the days to come, I spent HOURS paging through the magazine dreaming of the quilts I wanted to make.  My mom died that same year in early August.  As a type of therapy, I started making one of the quilts in the magazine….Here is that quilt top.  I have never quilted it.

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I  put quilting aside and had two more children.  When our youngest was one, I took a quilting class for beginners.  We were supposed to bring something we had sewn.  I brought my quilt top.  The instructor asked me why I was in class….after all if I had sewn a curved seam Druckard’s Path quilt, I certainly didn’t need a beginning quilt class.  I laughed.  I didn’t even know how to use a rotary cutter.  I needed a beginner class. I stayed in the class and made this heart wall hanging.

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To this day when I see a curved seam quilt like the Drunkard’s Path, I shy away and think it’s too hard.  Isn’t it amazing what we can accomplish when we don’t feel intimidated?  When I made those curve seam blocks all those years ago, I just looked at it as sewing curved seams in clothing.  I had sewn a lot of clothing and wasn’t intimidated a bit.   To this day, I still haven’t sewn another curved seam quilt.  I keep thinking curved seams are too hard…maybe I should rectify that.

So which is my first quilt, I am not sure….Kelli’s clown quilt, the curved seam Drunkard’s Path or the heart quilt.  As for my most recent quilt, I’ll show you that in my next post.

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