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.
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