This post is for Della, who writes:
I would like to tell you about my first quilt I made. I have sewn since I was 8 years old but had never done a quilt – only clothing for myself or my kids. So I figured if I knew how to sew I must be able to make a quilt. I wanted to make a quilt for my husband and my 20th wedding anniversary. So I bought a book and found a quilt called the “Love knot quilt”. I figured this would be perfect for an anniversary quilt.
I did not know anyone who quilted so could not ask any advice from anyone. I did not have a cutter, ruler, or cutting board. The pattern said to make templates – so I did and cut them out with scissors. I decided on the colours and bought my material. Once I had all the squares, triangles and hexagons cut out; I started sewing them together. Eventually I had all the nine patch squares and snowball squares sewn together. But low and behold, I had forgotten to add the 1/4 inch seam to the template of the 9 patch squares and so the 2 squares were different sizes! Since I didn’t have anyone to go to for advice I put the project aside.
About 5 or 6 years later my husband was working with a fellow whose wife was a quilter. I brought the project to her and she helped me figure out how to cut down the triangles on the snowball square so they were the same size as the 9 patch. Since I had to take all the triangles off the snowball squares, cut them down, and re-sew them, it took me a while to redo it.
By the time I got the quilt finally sewn together it was ready for our 30th anniversary! I had a quilter machine stitch the Celtic knot on each of the snowball squares and do stitch in the ditch for the rest of the quilt. The quilt has been on our spare bedroom bed ever since.
Thanks for letting me share.
Thanks for sharing your first quilt, Della! It's beautiful. I'm amazed at your dedication - doing all of those snowball blocks twice was a lot of work, I'm sure 😊