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    Queen size, snowball quilt, 6 weeks

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    Mine was a "Baby Hopscotch Quilt". That was 3 months ago. I have now done 2 different quilts and am working on #4 and loving this "quilting thing" ;-}}

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    My first quilt was a full size crazy quilt.

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    My first quilt was log cabin. I made it about 35 yrs ago. It was king size. I couldn't get a king size batt here in town and I didn't want to go to the next big town to find one so I ordered a batt of poly from an upholstery company. I got it the next day and happily spread my quilt on the floor and started rolling my batt onto my quilt back. I got it all sandwiched and got it on my frame. I started hand quilting it and thought to myself, man, how do some of those ladys get 10 stitches to the inch. I was doing good to get 4. So I quilted and quilted and hit a spot where the batting was thinner and boy! I got 8 stitches to the inch. That is when I realized that there was a difference in batting. Well, I finished the quilt and it was so heavy I couldn't stand to sleep under it. I later found the waybill on that roll of batting and it weighed 15 pounds!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by drgranny
    My first quilt was log cabin. I made it about 35 yrs ago. It was king size. I couldn't get a king size batt here in town and I didn't want to go to the next big town to find one so I ordered a batt of poly from an upholstery company. I got it the next day and happily spread my quilt on the floor and started rolling my batt onto my quilt back. I got it all sandwiched and got it on my frame. I started hand quilting it and thought to myself, man, how do some of those ladys get 10 stitches to the inch. I was doing good to get 4. So I quilted and quilted and hit a spot where the batting was thinner and boy! I got 8 stitches to the inch. That is when I realized that there was a difference in batting. Well, I finished the quilt and it was so heavy I couldn't stand to sleep under it. I later found the waybill on that roll of batting and it weighed 15 pounds!!!
    This story made me laugh! What a story. The visual image of this quilt is great. Do you still have this monster? Mistakes like this make us realize we all make mistakes.

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    mine was a king size. log cabin, about let see I cut it out in 1979 finsh it in2003.

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    mine was a king size. log cabin, about , let see I cut it out in 1979 finsh it in2003. after I retried

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    My first actual quilt was a shoofly, and it was a twin size. I made it for my daughter, who was barely 2 then. She's 26 now. I hand pieced and hand quilted it. She still has it!

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    Mine was a queen size ohio star. Started big and continue to do big. Oh, I did make one baby quilt. LOL

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    Mine was a queen/king sampler. Boyee, what a way to start.

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    Mine was a twin size for my daughter when she was 5, she's 42 now, it was just blocks set together and tied using yarn, with a yellow flannel backing. She still has it.

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    Mine was a queen size granny squares quilt. Around 1970 I cut the 4" squares out of remnants from dresses my 3 sisters and I made during junior high and high school and put them in a box. Ten years later, as a newlywed who needed bedding, I finished it. We still use it for picnics, camping, trips to the beach. It has been snuggled in by my childen, and now my grandchildren. Both of my girls have asked me to give it to them. It certainly isn't a perfect quilt, but oh the memories!

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    Between a crib and twin and it was a Sun Bonnet Sue. I made it in January of this year.

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    I made my first quilt in 1967 when my daughter was 4. I made all her baby clothes out of flannel of different colors and prints. I cut 2" squares by hand , use flannel for batting and flannel for backing. Sewed it all by hand because I didn't have sewing machine so pinned it all out and tied it with wool yarn. It was all in pastels. It was really beautiful. I still have it wears,tears and all its love....I will see if I can post a pic....

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    Quote Originally Posted by SaraSewing
    Quote Originally Posted by drgranny
    My first quilt was log cabin. I made it about 35 yrs ago. It was king size. I couldn't get a king size batt here in town and I didn't want to go to the next big town to find one so I ordered a batt of poly from an upholstery company. I got it the next day and happily spread my quilt on the floor and started rolling my batt onto my quilt back. I got it all sandwiched and got it on my frame. I started hand quilting it and thought to myself, man, how do some of those ladys get 10 stitches to the inch. I was doing good to get 4. So I quilted and quilted and hit a spot where the batting was thinner and boy! I got 8 stitches to the inch. That is when I realized that there was a difference in batting. Well, I finished
    the quilt and it was so heavy I couldn't stand to sleep under it. I later found the waybill on that roll of batting and it weighed 15 pounds!!!
    This story made me laugh! What a story. The visual image of this quilt is great. Do you still have this monster? Mistakes like this make us realize we all make mistakes.
    My BIL lives in WVa and it gets vaery cold there. He and wife live in an old uninsulated farm house and have a wood stove for heat. He spends a lot of time in bed when he is home. So my DH was telling him about this quilt and that I wouldn't let him put in on the bed anymore. So he said send it to him. We did and he loves it. I am sorry to say I have no pictures of it.

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    I like to start small and work my way up. I made a 24"x24" quilt for my son based on the lessons here:
    http://sewinginthewendycity.blogspot.com/

    It took me 3 tries (3 quilts) to get a decent quilt done - and fortunately I did 3 small ones first.

    The picture in my signature is #2 of this set of 3. :-)

    I have 2 nice sized baby quilts pieced, sandwiched and ready to quilt. I'm free motion quilting too. Love this new hobby!

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    My first quilt was a Calf. king, log cabin. Couldn't figure out why it was 4 inches longer on one side, only to find that I had trimmed some of the blocks and not others. Had to take it apart and re do several blocks. Sew, rip out and learn.

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    Lapsized - pattern was "Cobblestone" - a variation of a bargello pattern. Have made several of the same design with different fabrics - think the pattern has a sentimental feel for me. I am very comfortable with the pattern and find myself looking at fabrics and judging whether they would look good in that design.

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    Mine was a KING size sampler......what a nut I am !!

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    It was a scrappy quilt of 4" blocks made for my oldest daughter's twin bed. The scraps came from fabric that I had used to make clothes for her. She was five years old when I made it and she took that ratty thing to college with her.

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    This has been such fun to read about everyones' "first".

    For many years, I made flannel floor quilts for babies. Very easy... done as QAYG. (sorry, no pix on this 'puter.)

    When I moved to the US I couldn't work until I had my green card, so I downloaded lots of free quilt block patterns and started to play with them to see what I liked. No idea what I would do with them, so the stack just kept getting bigger. About this time, my folks moved to an assisted living and had to downsize their bed, so I offered to make them a quilt for their new queen bed. I really had no idea how to sandwich or quilt this monster, plus I quilted it on my domestic machine. They loved it anyway...and my mom still uses it. I cringe everytime I see how bad the quilting is!!! LOL Oh well...it was a learning experience, and it is well loved and used.

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    My first quilt was hand pieced. It started out to be a 16 patch, and ended up being a scrap of sorts. I did 2x4, 4x4s, 4x8s, and mixed them up. It ended up being a king,as soon as it comes back from the quilter I'll post. That was 2 years ago. My moms quilting it.

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