For my first TBT post I chose the second quilt I ever made. The colors in the picture are very poor. The borders and cornerstones are actually green, and there are both red and orange houses. The black houses are actually green. All the fabrics are flannel.
|Matt's House Quilt, 2 years in the making, finished Dec 2003|
In order to finish my first quilt, I acquired the book "The Quilting Bible" by The Singer Sewing Reference Library (1997 edition). It's still on my shelf, and I still think it's a great beginner/intermediate reference. It contains some patterns to illustrate/practice the skills it discusses. My son was two or three years old when I got this book and he pored over the pictures. He decided the quilt "Houses" was fabulous, so that's the project I dove into when I finally finished that first quilt.
I learned a lot from this quilt. The biggest lesson was about seam allowances. It turned out my presser foot was not in fact a 1/4" foot. Who knew? Happily, I figured this out when I wisely made a test block and it turned out significantly smaller than it was supposed to be. (The discarded block became a quilt for the much loved, originally named Brown Puppy stuffed toy.)
The related lesson was that allowing for an extra bit of fabric is not a bad idea. I was on a very tight budget so calculated my fabric needs as closely as possible. I did not have enough extra to cut extra pieces for an extra house block, and I wasn't familiar with the operation of a seam ripper yet. Alright then. How about an alternate block?
This was my very first attempt at drafting a block myself and offered a lovely opportunity to personalize the quilt. I quilted my son's name in there as though that block was planned all along. Every other bed quilt I have made for my kids since then has their name quilted somewhere. And this post reminds me that I need to figure out where to quilt my daughter's name on the current hand quilting project...
I also made my very first pieced quilt back. After the ladies at the quilt shop talked me into a woodsy print flannel for the back, they discovered there wasn't enough on the bolt so they then talked me into adding the plaid flannel to the top. I ended up adding some to the bottom as well so it didn't look quite so accidental.
I hand quilted this quilt in the ditch. I know now that 1/4" away from the seams would have been easier. Also, two layers of flannel makes it hard to make small stitches so I shouldn't have been so critical of my efforts!
I was very proud of my binding, but looking at it now it seems really wide. You can see I can fit a penny on the back of it! How wide did I cut this?
If you compare the first and second pictures in this post,you can see the colors have faded a lot, but it was a well-loved and used quilt and I'm OK with that.
I hope you will go link up a post about one of your pre-blogging quilts. It's fun to see how skills and tastes have changed, and wonderful to read the stories behind the quilts!
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