Bonnie Hunter has challenged us all to post about our first quilt and I decided to join in. Whenever I look at my first quilt, I think of all the lessons learned.
I only started quilting about 10 years ago, inspired by my son’s then-MIL. This is a sampler, made mostly from scraps of fabric that were around the house from other projects, including DD’s high school sewing classes. The pattern is taken from Jennifer Chiaverini’s book, Elm Creek Quilts.
What did I learn?
- cutting – really needed to go out and get some rulers!
- piecing – fairly straight forward when the lines are straight
- triangles – gotta watch that bias
- matching corners (not very many of them actually matched)
- applique – machine applique is so much quicker
- curves – still a struggle
When it came to quilting it, I was completely daunted. In the end, I tied the center, stitched-in-the-ditch around all the blocks, and border
It was a challenge, but I made it through!
Head on over to Bonnie’s blog to see other first quilts!