Tuesday, July 7, 2009

History Detective

Have you seen Carrie's or Camille's blogs? They are posting about 1st quilts. I am probably too late for their "parade of quilts", but their posts had me rummaging through closets. Basically they are asking bloggers to post photos of their first quilt and their most recently finished quilt. Okay. If you really want to see. Let me explain a little about this first quilt. I was 14. I saw a quilt in a magazine (Women's Day) and wanted one. There were no quilts in the family nor was anyone a quilter nor did any sewing like that. Our sister-in-law Sonie did make clothes. I went at it at full speed. I found a book in the library on quilts. It was published in the 1960's. This was 1972. I borrowed a neighbors sewing machine and some of her scraps. The other fabrics were bought at Kresge's 5 & Dime, an 1/8th of a yard at a time. Those Kresge clerks hated to see me walk in the door. It is a one patch. I didn't know what a one patch was - but I made one. I cut out the pieces "by eye." You are starting to get the picture aren't you?Another neighbor told me that ALL quilts were tied. Despite my evidence of the photo in the magazine, I succumbed and tied it. The backing is a polyester/cotton sheet, so it is probably best that I didn't try to hand quilt it. That came later in my second quilt. It lived on my bed and went away to college with me. It is now a bed for cats in the bottom of Bill's closet. I tried to throw it away several years ago, but Bill salvaged it from the garbage. It is an archive of 1960's and 70's fabrics. Hardly any are 100% cotton.

I will show my most recent quilts. Okay, not my most recent, but I have 4 tops/quilts in progress and they are for future patterns. These are the most recent before those. There isn't a whole lot of evolution except for the quality of materials and the fact I have rulers now - and I use them. The top on the left is my prototype of the quilt Seaside. It is still a top and hasn't been quilted yet. The one on the right is Seaside made with Wiscasset fabrics.
One patch to a nine patch. I guess that is progress.

Laurie

31 comments:

Carrie said...

I'm first! Woohoo... (It's a Pioneer Woman blog thing...)

I love the first quilt and I'm glad Bill salvaged it! I can't believe that you even considered throwing it away! (And you know I love the Seaside quilt ~ both of them! ~ and Wiscasset.)

One-patch to nine-patch is definitely progress... but I think you're being modest. While I haven't seen it in person, I have seen that stunning Bethlehem star quilt you made with Vintage Reserve. I think you've come a VERY long way, baby!

little acorns said...

Oh Laurie. . . I love the story behind your first quilt! That alone makes it a dear treasure. Isn't it amazing how the quilting bug gets ahold & just won't let go?! In you case say thats a good thing (for all of us!)
xo, Bren

sewprimitive karen said...

I love how determined you were at such a young age, especially with no quilting background in the family.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I love both quilts! And yay to Bill for saving it so you can show all of us your first quilt.
The Seaside quilt is beautiful in both fabrics, but Wiscasset is tops!

Sherri said...

The story behind your first quilt is wonderful! And of course I can't wait to see Wiscasset...in person, not just on the computer screen!

Finn said...

Both are beautiful in their own way. I think what shines out of both pictures is determination and a love affair being born.
It's like walking, we all have to start with that first step. They were made harder with the time frame of the 1960's. Quilting has come a long, long way since then! Big hugs, Finn

Sinta Renee said...

You're signature mark still shows! Many quilters have to transition to find their "style". Thanks for sharing your "Premier" quilt with us:) Your recent one(s) are just beautiful.

Camille said...

WHAT? Not a whole lot of evolution? You are aware that we can see your quilts, right? And that they are stunning? Okay, just checking. Give Bill a pat on the back for saving your first quilt. Love the story behind it. You were just meant to be a quilter...

PamKittyMorning said...

Wow how cool that you still have your first quilt. I keep thinking I'll dig out my pictures but I'm lazy. Love your two new quilts!

SueBee said...

You have come a long way, but both are wonderful quilts. Way to go Bill for saving it. I wore my first quilt out as it was on my bed every day for years. I also have to say I love the clothes line that you photo your quilts on. Oh to have a place to do that.

jaybird said...

thanks for sharing... i love the story behind your first quilt... its more the story and the motivation you had that means more than the actual quilt!! and the recent one.. yes its squares but its miles and miles from your first!

Carrie said...

By the way, Laurie... I love how you've tagged this post "Shame and Degradation". Too funny!

And I still like your first quilt. And I am still happy that Bill saved it! So there! :)

suz said...

This is too funny. I love your first quilt and I think it's great Bill salvaged it; otherwise you wouldn't have been able to do a show 'n tell! I think we all agree you've improved since then. LOL My favorite "first quilt" was made by a woman in my quilt guild who was know for her beautiful, precise workmanship. Her first quilt was "eyeballed" and made with double-knit fabric - oh my...

The Winn's said...

I'm impressed that your first quilt turned out so well with just eyeing the size to cut the blocks. I LOVE your 9 patches. I think keeping treasures like our first quilts is so important to show us that we all had to start somewhere. It's great motivation.

Alma Allen said...

Hi Laurie,

Love your first quilt! I'm glad that Bill had the grace and good sense to save it from the trash!!!

Don't you miss the freedom of just cutting out squares and sewing them together? No right or wrong....everything just right. Makes me want to try an Ohio Star ...just grab my scissors and begin cutting out the pieces. No pattern needed! Doesn't that sound like fun?

Alma

julieQ said...

I like the first one, as well as the lovely current ones! I am glad your DH salvaged it from the trash, so you could show us!

Camille said...

Shame and degradation.... :-) That's AWESOME.

Nanci said...

This is so fun Your last is so lovely photographed too.
Eye candy is everything.

My Little Family: said...

I am impressed that you made such a big quilt as your first prject. I did a wall hanging - attic window, several shades of blue. How exciting was that? Wish I had a photo.......a friend has that piece....humm....

Carrie P. said...

I love your first quilt.

Kuka said...

ooh no! don't throw it away!! I think it is amazing that the 14 year old you MADE A WHOLE QUILT on YOUR OWN!! Just because you loved it!
I think its gorgeous =)

mathea said...

That's a lovely story - mine is similair: we both persevered against all odds :-D Love your latest quilt too.

Vicki said...

What a great first quilt. I thought all quilts were tied too, way back when.

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

I absolutely love your first quilt and think it's a real treasure! And the story makes it all the more special.

I love the Seaside quilts because they're absolutely gorgeous. I love the Wicasset fabrics.

Peanut Blossom said...

I'm a total sucker for your first quilt! Absolutely priceless. I have a special place in my heart for hand-tied quilts and I love all the eyeballed squares.

lissa said...

I love your first quilt. I would so buy that at an antique mall.

Alma Allen said...

Ok Polly....I have searched google...I'm crazy to see the dishes you referred to. You have to send a picture or at least a URL for me to find these. Do the plates have another quilt pattern on them?

alma

lanakae said...

I love both your quilts! They are so beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Love the first quilt! Keep it forever. And you made it at the age of 14. Wow!
Amy

amber johnson said...

I love the first one (even though it's tied :)) It is so cute! The most recent ones are beautiful too! Good job!

Tania @ Larger Family Life said...

I love your first quilt and the story behind it.

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