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Thread: Have you been shown a quilt you made years ago?

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    I made a quilt for my little nephew (he's 36 now) when he graduated middle school. I hadn't been quilting long and didn't have any mentors-and this was before rotary cutters and cool rulers, back in the day when you traced your pattern on the back from templates made from cereal boxes or milk jugs.

    I remember I was so proud of how it turned out. It looked fabulous, the colors were good and the kid liked it.

    So 25 + years later, I visited my nephew and family and find they are using the quilt as a head board at the lake house. Cool, they are still using it. It still looks good, then I start to really look and see all the obvious mistakes. OMG.... I can't believe I actually gave this away and was proud of it. Well, for a first try it's not bad really.

    I"m just happy that I've improved dramatically.

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    The important thing is that they love it and use it. Kudos to you. Thank you for sharing.

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    My DD has the first quilt I made, a baby quilt that was for her. I used it and now she is going to use it for her first daughter (3rd child). She says it's still in great shape. I made that quilt before I knew a single thing about quilting. Winged it the whole way, gosh, I'd sure love to be able to inspect it now, LOL!

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    I can relate with you. It just proves how much love is in a quilt and how much it is treasured.

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    I think it looks pretty good for a first quilt. Can't say mine looked any better. Heck I still can't figure alot of things out, but I keep plugging away. :D If I had made that quilt I would have been proud too. I think you did a nice job. :thumbup:

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    Your nephew sees only the love in the quilt.

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    I think this was the very first quilt I actually finished and gave to someone.

    I was very fortunate when I was growing up, my Aunt was a longer armer. She could fix a bunch of my problems. The only problem was she did it without telling me because she didn't want to hurt my feelings.

    Which was nice, but it would have been nice to learn from my mistakes.

    She lived a long way from me, so I mailed her the top and backing material and she quilted it for me for $20. Now, that tells you how long ago it was.

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    sounds like a wonderfully loved quilt! i have seen a couple i made years ago too- i've repaired a couple- and love seeing them being used...in what ever way they are used.

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    Great first quilt! Neat that they are still using it! :)

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    What a cool story, and love the pics.

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    What good "stories" your making for your life. They love your quilt. It is part of their lives...how neat.

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    Isn't funny to look back, I too just recently laid eyes on my 1st quilt. I made it for my sister as a wedding present. Now 27 years later they still have it and use it, oh what a mess lol, but she can always say she had the 1st one when I'm dead and famous!!! Your story and quilt are precious.!

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    I was called in the year after I made it to make repairs.

    In the beginning I wasn't very good about keeping the fabric edges even, and I'd have a 1/4" seam on one side and barely sewn on the other. So after it was washed it was in pretty bad shape.

    I'd also use cardboard templates and not replace them so the blocks slowly got smaller as I made them because the cardboard would wear down. Remember those problems?


    I'm very happy that we have such an active quilting community now to learn from each other. Learn for each other's mistakes.

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    :thumbup: We all started some where. My first was destroied in a house fire

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    It is still looking well taken care of, which is a compliment to the quilter!

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    I have the first quilt I ever made -- it was for my son -- he was 15. It is a tree of life -- it went to college with him -- he slept wrapped up like a mummy in it. Many washings later, it even went in his backpack to Russia and Albania where he was teaching the Red Guard camp boys how to play baseball. It was a swap arranged by the YMCA.

    He brought it back to me when he got married and asked if I could repair it. One of the fabrics was shredded. -- probably it was a used piece cut from a shirt. It is still in a chest waiting for me to do it. So many memories go into making a quilt..He was in a body cast and I was in a walking cast that summer as I hand quikted it.

    He is 54 now
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    lol, yes. I have given my family and friends life long mending promises ;-)

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    yep, just finished mending two of them - one for gs was 15 yrs old, one for son was 22 yrs old. both well loved and used. Can't believe how many mistakes there were LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by DebraK
    lol, yes. I have given my family and friends life long mending promises ;-)

    Isn't that funny? I always tell people if it has a problem let me know and I'll see how to fix it. I used to try to keep some scraps of each fabric, but then I forget why I've kept them and wind up using them.

    Once I got the 1/4" seam down pat-with all fabrics even, a lot of my mending problems disappeared.

    Now my mending consists of applique. Yes, a little something cute strategically placed over a hole works wonders.

    Sarah

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    What a great story!!!
    I didn't realize they made LA's back then! When I looked at the pics I was surprised it was machine quilted.
    Thanks for sharing- I still love your nephew's quilt!! Warts and all :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    What a great story!!!
    I didn't realize they made LA's back then! When I looked at the pics I was surprised it was machine quilted.
    Thanks for sharing- I still love your nephew's quilt!! Warts and all :)
    At the time I didn't know it had a name, it was just a big sewing machine on a frame with templates you moved the stylus over to get the design you wanted. It was so cool.

    I can't even imagine how much it cost her. My dad built a room off the side of her house to hold it. Back in the day when you could do that without building permits and HOA restrictions.

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    My 1st quilts wouldn't look too hot after 25yrs.....so yours had to be well made to make it & still be a well loved quilt.

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    A few years ago, a young mom in our church asked me if I recognized this quilt. It was the first baby quilt that I had made and it was for her first child. She was using it for her fourth! I didn't look at it real close but I did remark that I was happy that it held together so I must have done something right! The first child is about 9 or 10 now.

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    If he's still using it after 25 years, he obviously saw something in it that you missed (other than your mistakes) Perhaps it was the love.
    Just as obviously, 25 years ago, you saw love rather than mistakes. Try looking at it again and try to recapture the old feelings OR get the H--- out of nephew's room before you contaminate the quilt with you aged cynicism. Shame on you, here's 40 lashes with a wet noodle LOL
    I've looked at your pics carefully and considered your story - ALL I SEE IS LOVE

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    Obviously it has been well loved and used all these years. Not such a bad job after all!

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