A few weeks back several bloggers shared pictures and stories of their first quilt. Since I didn't have my blog up and going at that time I didn't get to share in the fun, so I'm catching up now.
My first quilt is still one of my top 10 favorites, probably because it's new enough not to be made of outdated fabric and because I was lucky with my pattern choice. It hangs on the west wall of my sewing room. It's a daily inspiration to me.
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As I mentioned in my first blog, my beginning quilting class taught me how to cut, press, and sew 9 patch and split rail blocks. When I "graduated" from beginning quilters school I really didn't have any direction on what to do next. The quilt shop where I took my class was very small, had no kits, and very few books or classes. ( that shop has since closed) I was ready to make my first quilt but didn't know where to start. At that time I did not even know any other quilters.
Like I have to do for so many things in my life, living in a rural part of the midwest, I turned to the internet for help. I went to Amazon.com and searched for quilting books and read the posted comments and reviews. Based on that alone I picked 2 books that turned out to be very good choices for a beginner.
"101 Fabuous Rotary-Cut Quilts " by Judy Hopkins and Nancy Martin and "Quilting for People Who Still Don't Have Time to Quilt" by Marti Michelle
(The quilting fairies must have been looking out for me!)
Both books have wonderful directions and illustrations.
Hopkins/Martin book...how perfect, a quilt made of 9 patch and split rail blocks, the only blocks I knew how to make!!
Here is the pattern that I chose for my first quilt...."A Brighter Day" from the
And here is my quilt. ( a really poor picture of my quilt!)
Since my first quilt turned out so well I was off and running with a new hobby. My next few quilts had their challenges and mistakes but I still look at this first quilt with amazement, that I made it, all on my own, and made it well. Had I picked a more difficult pattern or failed miserably at my first attempt, I wonder if I would have stuck with quilting.
Some things are just meant to be!!!