Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The first quilt I ever made

My First Quilt 
I made this quilt 17 years ago, back in 1998.  I had no idea what I was doing.  My grandmother had taught me basic sewing but we hadn’t starting making quilts together yet.  This was back before youtube or video tutorials.  I found a book by Marsha Mccloskey  Quick Classic Quilts. I read thru it, went to Joann’s and picked out some print fabrics, muslin, a rotary cutter and mat.  I tried to match the fabric prints to the picture and did pretty well because darn it sure looks like the picture.  I don’t think I could do that now. 

The pattern is a Lemoyne star with set in seams (if I had only known …)   I read and sewed on my little featherweight that I had since the 1970’s.  I read some more and sewed some more.  I still have the book, the pages worn and all my yellow highlighting still intact. It was a well written book, with a “Quilter’s Primer” intro:
“The road to success is paved with know-how.  Here are Marsha’s tried and true quiltmaking techniques with step-by-step illustrations for your guaranteed success.“
The intro was followed by sections on choosing fabric and color, rotary cutting, machine piecing, setting blocks,borders and so on.

quick_classic_quilts Quick Classic Quilts

See how much mine looks like the picture? Well, it did guarantee success! Not sure who I would have contacted if it wouldn’t have come out…

Pretty good for a first time.  It took me about 2 months.  I had Linda Prater machine quilt it.  It was the first quilt that she tried to do semi-custom with border feathers.  She normally just did edge to edge.  It cost less than $40 for a queen size quilt –  oh the good old days. 


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