Monday, July 13, 2009

My First Quilt

As usual, i am behind on posting in time to be included in the official Parade of Quilts, hosted by Camille and Carrie. I have been thinking a lot lately about posting my first quilt, even before i saw this parade coming. It has been a long time since i finished it and if i look too close i cringe a little....because there is definitely a learning curve when it comes to quilting.
I have a wonderful friend who taught me all she knew about quilting. She had a beautiful crib size rail fence quilt like this one in her living room(even in the same colors) and i always admired it. One day she offered to help me learn. We went to the fabric store and begin choosing fabric. It was that day that i knew fabric was going to be my favorite part...i love putting them together. I did not foresee what this little quilt and a love for fabric would become.
It lives in my living room still. i love it even with all its imperfection. I pieced the whole thing by machine and then hand quilted it. In the future i hope i learn to take more risks with fabric and piecing...and along the way i have learned how valuable precise cutting is as well as a consistent 1/4 inch seam.
These are my last finished projects, one of the things the official parade asked for us to show....a quilt for a friends new baby and a bonnet for my girl.
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17 comments:

MLE said...

I totally agree about the quilting learning curve! Your first quilt is so cute, though. I've never made a rail fence. I love your latest projects too, especailly that cute bonnet!

Nichole said...

hey! thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such nice comments. :)

i really like your latest quilt. i love the simplicity of the patterned squares alternating with the white. i'm planning to do something similar with a couple charm packs coming up.

wendysquilting said...

I think each quilt we makes marks a point in our personal history. I really love your first quilt because it has a story to it. Your latest quilt is so nice I agree with Nicole there's just something about those brighter colours and white together. and Your daughter and her bonnet a gorgeous, I miss the days when my girls would excitedly wear what I made them.

dokiquilts said...

thanks for visiting my blog! it was fun seeing your first and last quilts too--actually, both are really pretty!

Stephanie said...

I really like your latest quilt! I hear ya on the cringe factor of the first quilt, except yours looks a lot better than my first. I think I'll have to get some cherries now, your other post looks yummy!

Brown Family Blog said...

hee hee...I LOVE being the recipient of the latest quilt!

Melissa Stover said...

that baby quilt is awesome. i love the colors! and the bonnet so adorable. my kids would love it if i could actually sew something fun like that.

lori said...

Hi! I love your first and latest quilts! And the bonnet! very sweet!

Whosies said...

thanks for loving 'in the leafy treetops' quilt. i will be doing the pattern next week. come back and take a peek!

Lori said...

Leslie, thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a nice comment. I love reading them as you do! Love your quilts. That first one always holds a special place in our hearts! I saw that you are in NY and your husband is an Army officer/ college instructor. Are you possibly at West Point? My husband graduated from there in 95. He did 7 years active duty and has now been in the civilian world for 7 years. He was a Captain when we left the Army. It was a great life but we chose a different path. All the best to you and your family. Stop back at my blog anytime! ~Lori

Peanut Blossom said...

I love your recent quilt! That orange backing is fantastic. I love bright colors for baby quilts, excellent choice!

susan said...

geez you handquilted your first quilt? i think thats great. lurve the little baby quilt!!! and the bonnet is too sweet. does your daughter like little house books? my daughter was enamored with laura ingalls wilder. we use to go to old world wisconsin and she would get dressed up. the have a liw day in july every year

Leslie said...

she does love the show and the books and books on cd for the car...i would love to be able to go to LIW day.

MaryMary said...

Oh how fun! I'd seen that first quilt blogging thing and just never got around to joining in the fun. I love the colors in th quilt you made for D but I think you already knew that!

Leslie said...

did you have a first quilt to share? I actually did not make it into the official parade because i was a day late...i would love to see your fi you have one.

limpingalong said...

So true -- half the battle of quilting is consisting cutting and consistent seams.

Gillian said...

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment on my blog, I love your new quilt.

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