Wednesday, October 22, 2008

My First Quilt

I've been sewing since I was in junior high school. I made many of my own clothes, all through school, and after I was married I continued to make clothes, as well as curtains and draperies for my house. I wanted to learn to quilt and my aunt invited me to join a group of ladies who got together one morning a week to work on their quilting and sewing projects. They were all grandmas, and I was in my late 20s, with young children at home, but they welcomed me with open arms. We would meet every Thursday morning, with each member taking a turn hosting, and would work on our projects, gossip, share family stories and have donuts and coffee. I started out making quilt blocks and making them into pillows, and after a few of those, I wanted to try a small quilt. I didn't have much money back then, and some of the ladies in the group donated fabrics for me to use. I wanted my first "real" quilt to be very traditional, so it is all hand pieced and hand quilted. I have to admit that it took me years to finish it off. Another baby intervened, and it got put away for a while, but eventually I did finish it. It's pretty amateurish, but I still treasure it.

I've made other quilts since then, but I soon learned to do my piecing by machine, so this is the only quilt I've ever done all by hand.

This is a quilt I made for my in-laws 50th wedding anniversary in 1992. I machine pieced it, but it is all hand quilted. It's the largest quilt I've ever done. When my mother-in-law passed away in 2005 my sisters-in-law gave it back to me to keep.

This is what I've been working on this week in my "sewing breaks." I just had to do something with the rest of my Pumpkins Gone Wild Charm pack and this is what I decided on. It's not quite finished, but it will be by Friday!! I think I'll hang it on the wall in my sewing room.

I did some online shopping last night at JoAnns and I bought some snuggle flannel that was on sale for $2.50 a yard to make lounge pants for the kids for Christmas. I usualy buy them each a pair but this year, since I'm sewing again, I'm going to make them. The Big Guy is an EMT and a volunteer firefighter and I bought some fabric with emergency vehicles on it for him. He's going to love it!! I also ordered a book on paper piecing mini-quilts, which I'm anxious to receive. I'm really enjoying doing the smaller quilts.

My sewing room is still a work in progress. I've been cleaning out and freecycling to make some more space in there. I gave away four bags of yarn that was given to me and I will never use to a lady who crochets afghans for charity, and some quilt panels that were my mothers, that I didn't especially care for. I found a bunch of empty picture frames from my mom's house, and some recipe cards so I freecycled those too. It's really a tiny room. It was my mom's room when she lived with us, and since she passed away, we've used it mostly for storage, so I have a way to go to get it all cleaned out and organized. But my work space is usable in the meantime, and I try to work on it a little bit every day. I'll get there eventually!!


Purple and Paisley said...

oh, wow! i love what you are making with the rest of your 'pumpkin gone wild' charms! it is beautiful! you do such nice work...=) from, the other terri...=)

Sara said...

Love your first quilt - I think that is awesome that you still have it.

Like the Pumpkin gone wild quilt you are making...

Joan said...

I did my first quilt entirely by hand too, and I think it's the best way to learn quilting. All your quilts are wonderful! Can't wait to see pics of your new sewing room.

Lurline's Place said...

Your first qult is lovely and I know the fondness one can have for special quilts - I'm so happy the big one was given back to you - so beautifuland all that hand-quilting!
Hugs - Lurline.