My First Quilt…

Bonnie over at Quiltville, is encouraging us to all show our first quilts.  I had trouble defining which quilt is my first quilt.  I’ll let you decide.


This quilt, was made with crazy quilt blocks and pre printed fabric squares.  I made it for Kelli when she was 2-she’s 24 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.


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.


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.  Check out other first quilts on Bonnie’s blog.  Also, I have a giveaway happening…you can check it out here.

4 thoughts on “My First Quilt…”

  1. Wow 3 under 3 and then 2 more! It’s amazing you had time to do anything. Your Mum sounds like she was very wise I’m sure you needed a break from the kids too. That,s one of the reasons I started to quilt, and I only had 2 boys.

  2. Wow I am so impressed with all three quilts. The first ” quilting” I did was really just doing a front and a back, with like squares on the front! LOL I gave it to my girlfriend for her son and then she used it for the dog!
    I think the one you made after your mom’s passing is beautiful. I can understand that its hard to think of doing curves- it was great therapy for you tho. I bet when you are ready you will do a fabulous job on a curved quilt of some sort! I think that should be on your bucket list. Hugs!

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