Friday, April 17, 2009

Quilt Festival - Spring 2009

Earlier this week I stumbled upon Amy's blog just in time to participate in her First Annual Bloggers Quilt Festival. I loved the idea - a chance to show off your favorite quilt!

As much as I love the recent quilts I've completed, I knew they wouldn't be the one I wanted to show off. Rather, I would enter the first quilt I completed.

My freshman or sophmore year of college the university student center offered a quilt class and even though I'd been invloved in crafts and sewing all my life, I'd never tried quilting. So I signed up for the class. Well, the class was one day a week for 4 weeks, and in that time we completed a small wallhanging with the Ohio Star block - because EVERYTHING was hand-pieced!! The teacher told us that we would NEVER be happy with our work if we used a sewing machine to piece together the blocks. By the end of the class I knew I loved quilting, but I did not have the patience to ever handpiece my blocks!!

I was able to find a used sewing machine in the newspaper (this was pre-internet days) for $35 and I was off and running!

I love looking at this quilt and seeing how my skills and knowledge have grown in the last 15 years of on-again, off-again quilting! Just look at that binding on the corners... I was so afraid of mitered corners that I didn't even try.


I had this quilt packed away in a chest before this week. Thanks Amy for giving me the inspiration to pull it out and take a walk down memory lane!

14 comments:

Zonnah said...

It looks so cozy! you did an amazing job for your first quilt. :)

Shannon said...

Beautiful! I'd love to learn to quilt.

Kerri said...

what a stunning quilt!! i love the design!!

Nanci said...

You know, with over 200 entries and counting, I am commenting because you did this as you say pre computer stuff. It's wonderful

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Very lovely. Glad you took the class :-)

Amy Sp said...

I really like it. It's a great first quilt. It's really great how quilts hold so many memories :)

Quilt Pixie said...

Around the world is always a beauty... and I'm so glad that you didn't listen to the "rule" to hand piece and found a way forward :-)

stitchinpenny said...

A great quilt made more amazing by the fact that it is your first.

Sahmy said...

That's a fantastic first quilt.

Amy @ Park City Girl said...

I'm so glad you pulled it out! A simple beauty :) Thanks for sharing.

SewCalGal said...

Very comfy looking quilt. I think it is happy to be out of your chest and proudly get displayed. You did a great job. Thanks so much for sharing.

SewCalGal
www.SewCalGal.blogspot.com

Martine said...

tout dans la simplicité mais quelle réussite

Jeannette said...

First quilt and that lovely! One of the things I have found interesting about this blog quilt sharing is the sense of the quilters that comes through...I have been making my way through the entries very slowly, trying to peek at other pages of each blog, and am struck again and again at how likable the entrants are! It's been a great way to fine readable blogs. What good neighbors these folks must be in all their far flung neighborhoods... Thank you for sharing your first quilt, I have enjoyed the visit.

Granny Lyn said...

This one is so comfy looking!! What a great qult for your first time!