To celebrate 2 decades of quilting, I thought it only appropriate to host a link party all about our first quilts. To participate, simply pull out that first quilt, or the pictures of it, and write up a new blog post about why you made it, the experience of making it or whatever else you want to say about it. Then come link that blog post here so we can all go read about the quilt that started you on your quilting journey.
Don't have that first quilt, or any pictures of it? No problem, locate one of your early quilts and write about that!
Don't have a blog? No problem there either! Email a picture or two to me at devotedquilter at gmail dot com along with a blurb about the quilt and I'll post it on my blog and link it up so everyone can read it 😊
My first quilt...
...was a wedding gift for my friend Michelle and her new husband, Brian. Michelle was the first of my friends to get married...and the only one to get a quilt, lol. Knowing that I wanted to make them a quilt, Mom gave me a quilting magazine with a pattern in it called "Love and a Little Lunacy," which seemed perfect, except it was only a mini quilt and I wanted something much bigger. I thought I still had that first quilt magazine, but unfortunately I can't seem to find it to tell you who the designer was.
Mom and I came up with a plan to use the blocks from the quilt, but make a lot more of them, add a few of our own design and a fair smattering of personalized embroidery to top it all off. Nothing like keeping it simple for your first quilt, right?
I can remember that we bought the fabrics I used for the backgrounds of all the blocks and the red sashing/borders, but I have no idea where all the fabrics for the blocks came from. Mom's stash of crafting fabrics, probably, but we may have bought some of them specifically for this quilt.
I don't have any pictures of the quilt until the summer, when I was basting it together. Forgive the quality of the pictures...these are actually pictures of pictures.
Here I am at 19, probably contemplating all the hand quilting I'm soon to be doing. All of the white lines in the red sashing and borders were my guidelines for quilting.
I haven't seen this quilt since I gifted it to Michelle and Brian. I don't even know if they still have it, but I am so happy I made it. The hours I spent working on it were only the first of many, many (many!) hours of quilt making over the past twenty years. I never could have guessed back then what a huge part of my life quilting would become!
Now it's your turn 😊 Link up your post about your first quilt and by sure to visit some of the other links to celebrate the start of their quilting journeys too.