Monday, July 6, 2009

My First Quilt

Have you heard?? Camille and Carrie are hosting a Parade of Quilts. You show your very first quilt that you made (no matter how awful!) and then you show your most recent quilt. Well, I just finished a quilt several hours ago (how's that for timing?) so I thought I'd play along, too! Here is the quilt I just finished. You can read more about it here. I'd say the most inportant lesson I've learned along my quilting journey ~ take the time to PRESS!! It makes life so much easier. It really does...just do it. With a smile :)

And now for the first quilt......its actually still a quilt top. Folded up and stashed away in my closet. It was my first and I started it right after we completed our paperwork for our adoption. We had first applied for twins and I didn't want to finish the quilt until we knew for sure how many daughters we'd be brining home (if two, I was gonna break it up into two quilts, one for each daughter). We've since found out we no longer qualify for twins because we already have children....so maybe I should finally finish it up? Oh ~ and the back of this quilt? Not a single seam was pressed. I just kept sewing. THAT should be fun to quilt, right?! Maybe I will just leave it as a flimsy :)


So, I thought I should also show a pic of the first quilt I finished. It was a gift for some friends and it was started the same evening the above top was finished, so its all in the same time frame. Sadly (or maybe fortunately), I dont' have a picture of the finished quilt. Its bad....oh so bad. It wasn't square AT ALL. Do you see those ruffles in the top right corner of the picture? Its not just the way the quilt is laying....its all ruffled and funky up there. I had my mom embroider some pink airplanes in the corners because it was for a baby girl whose parents are pilots. In an attempt to square it up, I nearly chopped off half an airplane (um, wouldn't it make more sense to square it up BEFORE embroidering???) Very few of my intersections match (which could explain the lack of squareness) and instead of machine quilting, I tied it. Oh yea, that yellow inner border? Its minky. Nothing like jumping in with the most difficult fabric on your first go 'round, eh? I didn't know how to piece a backing properly, so I just sewed a strip on to one end and called it good (and the seam was lopsided). But alas, I did learn a lot. I learned not to be afraid. I learned that one the final quilt was all washed up and ready to ship off, that although the quilt itself wasn't perfect, the hugs that it provides are. My quilting is still not perfect, but it gets better with each and every quilt and I've learned that there are NO QUILT POLICE! :)
Thanks for stopping by and I can't wait to see everyone else's firsts!


13 comments:

Carrie said...

Hi Jessica ~ I love your first quilt story! I also think you learned the most important thing ~ don't be afraid! It's just fabric and as long as you're having fun, you're doing it right!

I think you should leave the top as a flimsy until it you know who's going to get it. It will be hard to wait though ~ it's such a bright, happy quilt! :)

Thank you!

Cricket said...

I love ALL of them! I really do. Your first quilt is amazing. I tried to quilt ONCE. Maybe sometime I send you a pic of that.

Ann said...

Great job and fast too! I love it.
I don't think your first quilt is bad either. Don't be so hard on yourself.

I decided to dig out the quilt I started for my mil last year. I ran out of time and couldn't get it finished for Christmas so I abandoned it. Well gosh darn it she is getting it this year! I think I will post about it later today if you would like to see.

Camille said...

Oh, I know all too well about border fixing. It took me several quilts before I realized they were supposed to be the SAME length on each side!

Great quilts, but especially that first one. Fantastic!

amandajean said...

it's been fun to see all the first quilts, hasn't it? i love your most recent finish.

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

What a great first quilt, and a great story to go along! Your latest quilt is very nice. I love the fabrics you chose for the pieced section.

Heather said...

Love the bright colors in the baby quilt!

Deborah said...

You did a great job. I love the brown.

Donnelly said...

Love your latest quilt. The colors are so calming and peaceful. Have a great day.

Barbara Myltschenko said...

Love them all! And you're right, it's time for the young, hip mama's of the world to take back quilting!

Peanut Blossom said...

I love your strippy quilt, I hope you find it in you to finish it!!

Cindy said...

Your quilts are so cheerful and happy. Love them! I think we all learn something with every quilt we make.

amber johnson said...

Beutiful quilts. Thanks for sharing what you learned too. I can relate to alot of that. I love the bright colors too.