If you followed me on my old blog, you probably know the story about how I started quilting. But if you didn’t follow me there, here’s a quick recap. I split from my husband of eight years and needed a hobby that didn’t include working until midnight. That was more than 17 years ago, and here I am, still quilting. Today, I thought we’d take a quick look at a couple of quilts I made when I was just a fledgling begi.
My very first quilt was, in typical beginner fashion, not that great. But I was, and still am, ridiculously proud of it.
The Brilliant Idea
After making a couple of quilts and realizing I was pretty good at it, I decided to make little quilts for my three nieces and one nephew for Christmas. They were all very simple patterns, but each one taught me something new.
I guess I didn’t take photos of quilt I made for Kaitlyn, even though I thought I had some. I even made this small patriotic quilt that I ended up giving to my former in-laws.
First Commission Quilt
It doesn’t take long for folks to come out of the woodwork when they find out you can sew, and when they find you can quilt … well, everyone wants a quilt. This was my very first commission quilt.
More correctly, this is the top. I didn’t take a photo of the finished quilt before I shipped it off. At the time, I’d never made a quilt this big, so I seriously underestimated the time it would take to finish it. The girl who commissioned it got very upset that it was taking so long (in reality, I think it took a couple of months when I told her originally a month), but all that vanished when she received it. For a beginner quilter, I think I did alright with it. This quilt was tied, not quilted, but it was beautiful. The girl who purchased it gave it to a friend as a shower gift, and I was told that it was the hit of the shower. The mother to be loved it so much, she hung it in the nursery rather than use it.
It always makes me sad when people don’t use the quilts. My grandmother did that with a quilt I made for her.
I gave this to her around 2002, and when she died in 2015, it came back to me. It was ever used, and it had never been washed. I washed it and gave it to my mother for Christmas. She’d always wanted a quilt I made, and since this was the one I gave her mother, I felt it was appropriate for her to have it.
These are just a few of the quilts I made starting out. Perhaps in the future I will post more, but for now, it’s time to get back to the machine.