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Thread: What Was The First Quilt You Made?

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    I have been looking at the gorgeous pictures of everyone's quilts. They are absolutely amazing and beautiful! It just got me thinking (as a newbie) what everyone else started with.

    So, what was the first quilt you made?

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    My first finished quilt was a triple rail fence from the Mary Ellen Hopkins It's Okay If You Sit on My Quilt (Because I Can Make Another) technique. Made for my daughter. By the end of that 6 weeks course, I had made 2 more, a Court House Steps Log Cabin and one other I can't remember at the moment, all finished and bound.

    Before I found quilting, I had made 12 candlewicked blocks which I wanted to put in a quilt, but didn't know how. I soon put that quilt together and started my first handquilting venture, totally self taught. That was 28 years ago!

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    A double irish chain and I still use it.

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    My first finished quilt was a triple rail fence from the Mary Ellen Hopkins It's Okay If You Sit on My Quilt(Because I Can Make Another) technique. Made for my daughter. By the end of that 6 weeks course, I had made 2 more, a Court House Steps Log Cabin and one other I can't remember at the moment, all finished and bound.

    Before I found quilting, I had made 12 candlewicked blocks which I wanted to put in a quilt, but didn't know how. I soon put that quilt together and started my first handquilting venture, totally self taught. That was 28 years ago!

    Jan in VA

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    Mine was six inch square blocks sewed together for my DGD. I used solid pinks and purples and alternated with fussy cut princesses. She still has it and it finds it's way to the livingroom to cover up with while watching TV.

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    My first quilt was a stack and whack. Noone told me to only use cotton, and one fabric was a poly-blend to get the right color. I have still not quilted it, but I will someday.

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    Mine was a feathered star wallhanging that I gave to my mama in 1993..all hand pieced and quilted... it hangs on my own wall now...

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    I started with a log cabin because it looked easy!

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    My first quilt was a star flower because I didn't know half square triangles were supposed to be hard, it is my avatar pic it came out great and I hand quilted it.

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    My first one was a king size T-shirt quilt made from my south Louisiana festival shirts, collected over a 10 year period. It was sashed and bordered in blue and white prints. My DS and ddil have it now. Oh yes, I took a class to learn how to do it; that was in 2003.

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    Square in a square paper pieced blocks :D:D:D

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    My first top was a sampler but it isn't finished (and probably never will). My first finished quilt was a full-size pieaced crocus in winter white, green and lavender. For my brother's wedding. The same year my sister got married too so she got a Log Cabin.

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    trip around the world baby quilt - then I was hooked...

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    No 1 was a K size braid quilt,second was a log cabin & third was an Amish pattern....don't remember the name.All made the 1st winter we spent traveling after DH retired.When they were returned after the LA quilter quilted each with a diff pattern, I was overcome.

    Wonky,bias....none of that mattered They were beautiful in my eyes & started my love affair with all quilts.Only another quilter can truly appreciate all the work & worry that goes into a quilt.

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    I made two basic square quilts for DH while we were dating - one in HS (a bit too small... I was young and didn't think through the height difference - I'm 5'4" so it was plenty big for me, but DH is 6'1"... Duh!). He requested a bigger one in college which he still uses today. My grandma helped me and we used cardboard for the "template" which was no where near square and of course I didn't realize how careful you have to be when tracing, cutting and sewing... needless to say I don't think I have a single corner that matches up! :lol: Oh, and both were tie quilts that had miscellaneous sheets and old blankets for "batting" - I paid for them myself so the cheaper the better!

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    My first was a baby quilt made of jeans in simple squares sewed together with a flannel backing and tied. I put it in the wash and it almost fell apart, LOL. So I went and bought a bunch of baby iron on patches to cover the places where it came apart. I had no idea what I was doing and that was 7 years ago. I put the whole quilting idea down and didn't touch it for a couple of years. Mind you though the quilt was very loved. I laugh everytime I think of that first one. The parents tell me they still have it.

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    The first quilt I made was a sort of Log Cabin, at the time I had no idea what it was called or had no idea what I was doing other than making myself a quilt. My mother had made my oldest son one and I soooo... wanted one. One day I was at the Fabric store and seen some Horse print, so I just looked and measured the one my mother had made and came up with what I ended up with. At the time I did not know what a rotary cutter was, or WOF, or Log Cabin (as far as being quilt related). I drew my pieces on with a ruler and they were by the grain of fabric, and cut them out with a pair of scissors, and dutely pressed all my seams open( as was the correct way with sewing of clothes). (Thankgoodness for Rotarty Cutters!!) LOL. (The Quilt police would of had a hey day!) I have learned so much in the last 5 years and fell in love with quilting.
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    I think that it was a baby quilt made from sock monkey fabrics. It was an arrangement of squares and I thought that my first grandson would enjoy it. He's 3 now and had to took it to nursery school for his rest mat.

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    My first quilt was a brick pattern, using red for the 'mortar', and browns, tans and yellow for the bricks. For the fabric, I used leftovers from clothing that I had made, and bought only one or two colors. I used a sheet for the backing, and tied it because I didn't know how to quilt.

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    My first quilt was from santa claus samples that I had collected after doing pillows. I had 8. I hand stiched them to the block; did the sashing by machine and embroderied the quilt together using a holly leaf design. :oops: It was the hardest thing to do - to embroder through all those layers! :lol:
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    Quote Originally Posted by lass
    My first quilt was from santa claus samples that I had collected after doing pillows. I had 8. I hand stiched them to the block; did the sashing by machine and embroderied the quilt together using a holly leaf design. :oops: It was the hardest thing to do - to embroder through all those layers! :lol:
    Cute santas with the bells on the hats.

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    Your 1st quilt sure puts mine to shame ! Very nice

    Quote Originally Posted by lass
    My first quilt was from santa claus samples that I had collected after doing pillows. I had 8. I hand stiched them to the block; did the sashing by machine and embroderied the quilt together using a holly leaf design. :oops: It was the hardest thing to do - to embroder through all those layers! :lol:

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    My first quilt was Eleanor Burns Lover's Knot. I tied it.

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    Mine was attic window, I picked the pattern because it only had three pieces to it. No points match and I use a cardboard template and cut it with sissors. OH my, then I hand quilted it. Still have it and it has polyester batt in it. Very warm though. Then I made a 4 trip around the world quilts for my kids. They completely wore them out. That was way back in the80's.

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    A Dresden Plate full size quilt. I pieced it and Mama quilted it for me. About 55 years ago.

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