Monday, July 13, 2009

First Quilt - Last Quilt - A Parade of Quilts

I think I am too late, but I am going to join this parade anyway. On my own if I have to. Camille and Carrie are hosting a Parade of Quilts! How fun! I went to their site and discovered that I could not leave a comment or join in at this time any more. Oh, well. I have always been known to walk to the beat of my own drummer, so here goes.....We are supposed to show a photo of the first quilt we ever made and also a photo of the last quilt we made. And talk about what we learned - or something like that.

Here is the first quilt I ever made. Sorry about the sunshine! I had to take the photo when my DD was here because I could not spread it out on the lawn without her help. I took a quilting course sometime in the middle of the 1990's. It was my introduction to quilting! I had no idea what colours to choose for my quilt. We made one block a week. All sewing was done by hand because there was not enough room to plug sewing machines in anywhere. I made a few extra blocks in between classes. I was a real keener. When all the blocks were done and all the sashing and borders were hand-stitched in place, I put this baby away in a dark closet. I just couldn't face having to actually quilt it. About 10 years later my Guild asked me to be Quilter of the Month. I decided to finish this quilt in order to show my beginnings. I also used it to practice on. It is hand quilted in places and machine quilted in others. But I got it done! This is my latest quilt. It is hanging in my DD's front entrance. I think I probably used some of the fabrics that were in the first quilt. I have learned a lot since that first project. The "Winterberries" is my own design. It is machine pieced, hand appliqued and machine quilted. I originally thought that quilting had to be done a certain way. Now I realize that anything goes. Anything that I can draw can be hand appliqued. I love my hobby!

8 comments:

*karendianne. said...

I love that you love your hobby!

"Winterberries" came out beautifully. Impressive my friend.

Your first quilt. A-maz-ing.

W. Latane Barton said...

beautiful quilts, the first and the latest. Isn't quilting just the best hobby ever?

Reddirt Woman said...

From looking at the first and then the last I think you were destined to be a quilter. And "Winterberries" is wonderful. I look forward to seeing more of your original designs.

You do incredible work.

Helen

Barb said...

Oh my goodness...that last quilt is out of this world.....

Vicki said...

It's great to see where it all started from and where you have gone with your hobby. One of the great things is that you are designing your own patterns which is so wonderful. Winterberries is a beautiful design and you should be proud of your accomplishments.

Eileen said...

simply beautiful. I'm glad you joined in the parade anyways!

nicolette said...

Thanks for sharing your first quilt, which b.t.w. is absolutely gorgeous!

Don’t you think one of your destinies was to become a quilter? That’s why you ended up in a quilting class and not in the woodworking, though you probably would have been a wonderful woodworker too!

Sherri said...

The applique is beautiful!