In case you didn't know,Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie's Quilt Company and Camille Roskelley of Timbleblossoms had this great idea for everyone to show their first and last quilt!
My first quilt was one that I made for my youngest daughter, Julia, when she was born 16 years ago this coming Tuesday. It was a floral print and I took fabric doilies and appliqued them by machine, and then I machine quilted it. You're not going to believe what I did!!! I gave it to Goodwill when I was getting rid of baby stuff. So, my "other" first quilt is this one:
a Quilt in a Day Log Cabin. I made it in 1995 when I lived in PA. It was Superbowl weekend. My son's Kindergarten teacher decided to host a Super Quilt Weekend where she would teach us how to make a quilt in a day! And we did. I learned how to cut out the quilt, chain piece, and I caught the quilting bug in a really big way.
I have made a lot of quilts since that Super Quilt Weekend and, I don't know, it seems that I learn something new with each quilt I make. It's sort of an on going "thing". My best friend, Terry, is a fantastic quilt maker. I have learned so much from her as far as color theory (of relativity), piecing, pressing, and how to loosen up and have fun. I have so much fun sewing with her and the many friends in my sewing group and Quilt Guild.
Here are a few quilts I have made since that Super Quilt Weekend.
This one is on my bed.
It's named Stars and Chains and was in the 2000 winter issue of Quilt magazine. The fabric is Folk Art Wedding II by Robyn Pandolf. I had never done anything in a fabric line before, but when I saw this fabric I
spents lots of money fell in love and completely redecorated my bedroom. That's been almost 10 years ago, and I still love it. Judy Laquidara beautifully machine quilted it for me. The little pillows I found at Walmart a couple of years ago.
Here's what the same quilt pattern looks like, but I used fabrics from my overflowing scrap collection.
I love to make seasonal/holiday quilts, too. Here's one I made to hang behind my family room couch in the month of October. It was quilted by Terry.
My last quilt is one I just finished yesterday. Well, the top is done. I still have to quilt it, applique the letters, and sparkle them up a bit with little jewels.
As I said before, Julia will be 16 on Tuesday. This little birthday cake will become a signature quilt for her friends and family to sign. The fabric is Clementine and the pattern is "This Takes the Cake" by Sandy Gervais. (Click on her name. She has a blog now!!!)
Have fun on the parade of quilts! I hope you enjoyed seeing mine. Come back Wednesday where I'll show Julia's birthday quilt all quilted, jazzed up, and signed.