Sunday, September 7, 2014

Moda Love Blog Tour


 Today is our day on the Moda Love Blog Tour…..

Can you stand it?  You folks don't know how close you came to missing this stop along the tour.  We had a storm Friday and we lost power.  The prediction was we wouldn't get power back until Tuesday or Wednesday.  Fate intervened and power returned Sunday.  We did what everyone does when they have been without power for 2 days, we cleaned out the fridge. Then we cleaned some more.  Once the Simpson clean train starts - there is no stopping it. I'm not kidding. Here are 6 of the many windows we washed.
In keeping with the theme of this Blog Hop - I HATE washing windows, but I LOVE a clean house. 

Do you remember way back in June when we showed you this? The quilt we made with a Lexington Layer Cake™?
This is the free pattern to make your own quilt out of a Layer Cake™

Moda asked us to answer some questions on this Blog Tour……

When did you start quilting? Tell us about your first quilt.

I made my first quilt at the age of 14 - over 42 years ago.  

Let that sink in a bit.

I saw a quilt in a magazine.  It was a Woman's Day that was picked up at the grocery store.  There was a picture of an antique quilt thrown over a chair.  This is for you, Barb and Mary!   (Barb and Mary, of Me and My Sister Designs, have an infamous Instagram project where they post a lot of quilts on chairs) 

It was a pieced quilt (I didn't even know what that meant yet) of indeterminate design.  All I remember was that it was beautiful, it was made of fabric, and I LOVED it. I NEEDED to make one.  This wasn't as clear cut as it would seem. Nobody I knew made quilts. Nobody I knew even owned one. I started my research at the library and checked out the 2 or 3 quilt books that were known to exist at the time.  I skimmed the pages.  I even read some of the text. Mostly I looked at the pictures.

With no fabric stash, I had to start collecting.  I begged, borrowed, but did not steal fabric scraps from all who would cooperate.  Soon, I started to buy fabric.  The only fabric store that I knew of at that time was Kresge's Department store.  The saleswomen soon learned of my project - and scattered when I walked to the cutting table.  I asked for an 1/8th of a yard of just about anything that didn't look too slippery.  This was 1972.  Polyester was king.  The fact that I even found cotton or cotton blends is a miracle.

The easiest looking diagram in the book was a one-patch.  There was no such thing a rotary cutter or cutting board yet.  With scissors in hand I cut out hundreds of patches "by eye".  Rulers, pencils and such just seemed a little too much like math class.  I forged ahead.  With the aid of a neighbors sewing machine it was pieced.  It was sort of rectangular-ish. 

Next, I looked at those diagrams of a quilt top in some contraption called a quilt frame.  "Did anyone have a quilt frame?" I asked. You could have heard a quilting needle drop. 

There had to be another way.  Another neighbor said ALL quilts were tied. She sounded like an expert and I took her advice.  The quilt was tied in an afternoon with a bed sheet for the back, a thick polyester batt, and some acrylic yarn.  The quilt fit my bed and lasted my High School years, my college years and a few years after that.  It became a favorite cat bed. Eventually the un-natural fiber disaster started to disintegrate and I threw it away. When my husband Bill took out the trash that evening he spotted it and saved it. My first quilt now lives in a bag at the top of the closet. Thanks Bill.

Did making a quilt this way - at this age - make any sense at all? No it didn't.  

It was meant to be because it was true LOVE.

If you comment here about this quilt, your first quilt, your last quilt, or something that you LOVE - you can win this….

A Lexington Layer Cake™ or a Lexington Jelly Roll™ - designed by Polly and I for Moda Fabrics. (A company we LOVE)

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Thanks for stopping by

Laurie



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Wendy said...

My favorite quilt depends on the time of year really, I love Christmas, so at Christmas I have many favorites, one would be that of a Rudolph quilt I did of my kids hands as the antlers. I have a fourth of July quilt in the making right now of your fabric that I LOVE....But my sewing room is filled with MODA!

Julie in WA said...

What an incredible story about your first quilt! Thanks so much for sharing it! My first quilt was the result of a class I took; I did not know how to pick fabrics, so just chose a pink, a blue, and a white. It was a sampler, and it was not pretty. I am not sure what happened to it, or if I even finished quilting it!

Béa said...

My first quilt was a bed size sampler hand sewn. I love this new collection.

Lisa E said...

My first quilt was a completely hand sewn sampler quilt. I was taking a class from a quilt shop and got behind. My husband helped me catch up by hand stitching a few pieces for me. Good memories!

Sharon S said...

I started quilting in1980 & haven't looked back. Love everything about it. Especially quilting with friends & laughing. The best therapy!

Cindy Dahlgren said...

My first quilt is sitting in a plastic container in the closet, lol. I've finally quilted long enough to figure out how to fix it without ripping the entire thing apart, but I'm still considering taking it apart. I loved the fabric and the pattern, I would probably have to make it smaller though, as I think I cut the pieces wrong to start with. I still love quilting though, even though part of the love was the challenge of not letting quilting beat me! I'm a bit stubborn sometimes. cdahlgren at live dot com

Hildy said...

My favorite quilt right now is the one I gave away on saturday at a friend's marriage - she loves it! Now I need a new favorite;-)

Martina said...

My first quilt was a butterfly applique quilt and I am still in love with it!
Your quilt looks great.

Aunt TC said...

I love colors and textures. Green to me may be the green of a leaf just unfurling on a maple tree. Another person's green is the color of grass. Even if we had the exact color green when we added texture, we'd not have the same color. Thanks for sharing the beautiful quilt. I love blue, too!

antique quilter said...

my first quilt was a log cabin quilt. I still LOVE log cabin quilts! I am so glad your DH saved your quilt, its a treasure . Love this new collection because of Polly's quilts and home photos I have become a huge fan of blue!
thanks for the chance to win .
Kathie

Mary said...

I started quilting 36 years ago. There were no quilt shops, only fabric shops full of synthetic fibers; no quilt books, no quilt TV shows, no internet, no guilds, I was the only person I knew that made quilts. The quilting revival we have is awesome. My first quilt was made from all those old cotton calicoes. It was machine pieced and appliqued, hand embroidered and hand appliqued, my son used it on his bed for 10 years. It was Pam Bono's Transportation quilt. I hand restored that thing about 5 years ago -- many of those old fabrics were disintigrating, the quilt is 30+ years old. It is now hanging in my granddaughter's nursery in my son's home.

Karen M said...

I also started quilting in the years before rotary cutters. Yikes. So glad not to have to do that anymore. Thanks for sharing your story. What fun. Love the fabric.

Amy said...

My friend, Anne, made a quilt for her bed our Junior year at college (1980). I begged her to teach me. Instead, she gave me "Log Cabin - Quilt in Day" by Eleanor Burns. After trips to Woolco for fabric, I made 2 matching, full size quilts, tied just like yours. Fast forward 10 years. My then 2 year old son adopted the one that I kept. Over the course of 10 more years, he literally loved it to pieces.

Anita said...

My first quilt was a lap size quilt for my husband, made completely out of scraps from old shirts. He loves it and is still using it!

Allison said...

My favorite quilt always seems to be the one I've just finished. My first quilt was a log cabin that is now very worn out. But it still is on the guest bed.

helen said...

I made my first quilt 25 years ago for my first baby I did pink and blue triangles of what ever fabric I could find. Edged in Broderie Anglaise lace still have it in the cupboard surveyed three kids. Loved quilting ever since.

Birlot said...

My first quilt was one from Mary Ellen Hopkins book, which had some ambitious title like make a quilt in a weekend. I raided my mums fabric cupboard and found some Sheridan sheeting off cuts. So this project was going to be quick and cheap. Many weekends and trips to fabric stores followed. The boyfriend was coerced into cutting half square triangles for me .... Years later, the boyfriend was gone but the quilt wasn't, the bank account is constantly depleted by visits to the fabric store, and weekends are still about finding time, for just a bit more stitching and fabric play.

Susan Smith said...

My first quilt was a grandmother's fan made just before I got married. My mother worked on it with me (her first quilt too!) and that is such a treasured memory itself! It was during the mid 80s when country blue and cream were so popular. Overall, it wasn't bad for a first attempt. I truly LOVE the whole idea of a quilt---a tangible labor of love that someone can wrap up in and be cozy and know that someone loves them. And then, it can be handed down to the next generation (assuming it is still intact!) I LOVE your Lexington Moda Love quilt. If I don't win a layer cake, I need to go buy one!!

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Nancyz said...

My first quilt was a sampler. And now when I look back at how my choice of colors has changed! Thanks for the giveaway.

tpott said...

Great story! My first quilt was in early 1990 we had just moved into our first house. Big mortgage no money, I saw a beautiful quilt in the window of a fabric store and thought I like that I'll make one. Next I borrowed my mothers sewing machine. I started with a small wall hanging, I bought cheap scissors, a pattern with some muted mauve fabric and some 10 for a dollar thread. I pieced it turned it inside out and tacked it instead of quilting it. Like you no ruler maybe a yard stick, I'm not sure. I've come a long way so has my quilting, thank God for that!!!

Michele T said...

I am always making quilts to celebrate the momentous occasions that my family and friends celebrate... Right now my SIL will be turning 60, 4 of my friends are expecting babies, my niece graduated from nursing in the spring, and my neighbour celebrated her 80th birthday!!! I am happily making quilts!!!

Donna said...

My first quilt was an applique Noah's Arc for my first nephew. The backing is a sheet. My mom and I fought with the bulk of a twin sized quilt to get the machine quilting done. It was quite an experience. The quilt will win no awards - ha! I loved the making of that quilt.

jenny said...

My mom and grandma were always quilting so I wanted to also. I made a bow tie quilt and they quilted it. I was only 12 at the time. That started a lifetime love affair which is still going strong 60 years later.

rebecca said...

Thanks for sharing the Moda Love!! I am inspired to make the Lexington layer cake quilt. I am sure iI'll love it!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your story. That quilt is pure LOVE as are many of our first quilts. So important to remember what motivated us to start all this craziness in the first place! LOVE your Lexington line--pure genius.
Linda. W

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

My first quilt was made in Home Ec about the same year. My mom sewed most of our clothes, so there was a lot of fabric to cut up into squares. And mine was tied as well! That baby was dragged to college and to my first apartment. I almost hated throwing it away when it fell apart, but by then I was onto piecing better quilts. Thanks for memory!

Jean said...

My first quilt was made in about 1970 out of solid color polyester squares ... Each about 5 inches. I tied it with yarn. No batting, just a solid lime green polyester backing. It weighed a ton. I used it all through college, and then for a picnic quilt for my kids.

Joan and Kevin said...

My first quilt was made out of old clothes and I used a cardboard template. I also had thick polyester batting and tied it. I do not have it any more. Thanks for the
awesome giveaway!

Patti Snyder said...

I love your first quilt - it's very similar to my first! I hand pieced a queen sized 9-patch about 35 years ago from every fabric scrap I could find...it also had a sheet for a backing. I started hand quilting it but decided it was taking too long, so I took out my stitches and tied it with a very bright red acrylic yarn. It hasn't graced a bed for a very long time, but I still have it!

Pat said...

My first quilt was a Log Cabin made by following Eleanor Burns Quilt In A Day book. I too used a sheet as the backing. Still have that quilt!!!

carolg said...

No one I knew quilted or sewed so I was totally on my own, but I managed a grandmothers fan for my sweet daughter that's still in use today. Thanks. For the giveaway.

Dee said...

Love to hear you story, and what an awesome hubby you have! Lexington is an amazing, beautiful line. My first quilt was for my son - it was well loved and warn. I planned to tie it also, but then he suggested (He was 14 at the time that I hand quilt it - where he come up with that???) It took my whole pregnancy with the daughter, but I got it quilted. He loved it to the last.

debra said...

my first quilt was in 1980 after i had taken a few quilt classes. it was the dresden plate, all my squares came out beautiful and loved my color scheme. I never did put it together though started new class new fabric new fabric but ironically several months ago was moving some sewing items to omaha to have a mini sewing room and i came across the box-this will be my christmas project during school break. I love the serenity quilting brings me on another note i have a 9 yr old grandaughter who has just started thats cool i have a quilting partner thanks for the chance to win

Michele said...

My first quilt was a log cabin, cut out with scissors and cardboard templates. My ex has it. That's ok-- I've made more!

Sarah F said...

I love all my quilts as they provide a snapshot to my life - I can always picture where I was when I was working on it and with my husband's job we move alot. My first quilt will always be special - an eclectic mix of cottons, polyester and old curtains - hand quilted with heavy nylon thread that I had used to mend my tent with! But am am always ready to fall in love with the next quilt on my to-do list!

Redfinch said...

I made my first quilt at 14 too--floral butterflies blanketstitched with black floss on muslin with sky blue sashing. My 4 children wore it out long ago, so now I can only treasure the few photos where it shows in random bedroom photos. Soooo thankful for a mother who passed along the love of quilting and all needlearts!

Sally M said...

I started quilting 30 years ago, took a class with my mom. Did many different techniques but didn't make an actual quilt. I few years later took another class and finished a 6 square sampler quilt that hung over our bed for years. I am hooked now and love spending time in my serene sewing room. It is my happy place!!

quilt for fun said...

I still have the first quilt I made - also over forty years ago, cut with scissors, tied, with polyester batting. It's blue and white, and the dog sleeps on it when she's in the mood. I love your "first quilt" story.

Andrea York said...

My first quilt was a ragg quilt for my grandson. Took a class at a local shop and then I was hooked.
Your Lexington quilt looks awesome and I'd love to try that.
Looks easy enough for a beginner.

Rebecca Stevens said...

I think my favorite quilt is one my Mom made - Double Wedding Ring. I can still pick out fabrics I used to make clothes in high school for FHA (Future Homemakers of America) ;-D My first "finished" quilt was for my niece's 2nd child. I say "finished" because it is still upstairs awaiting a label. The "child" started college this year. What a wonderful story about your quilt, happy your husband saved it. rhoystevens@gmail.com

Patti said...

Fun to read about your first quilt. My first quilt was a baby quilt made for a friend. I put 3 layers of batting in it, and I am not sure why! But this little quilt got me to the local quilt shop where I fell in love and started taking classes.

Janet said...

Ah, my first quilt's still holding up, altho faded. A navy/white 9 patch. Hand quilted. Didn't start quite as young as you did, but about 18 years ago.

Love that your husband saved your quilt - THAT is love!

Margaret said...

I love the quilt made in your Lexington -- It looks wonderful! My first quilt was a sampler quilt. Took a class at a local quilt shop on the suggestion of a friend. It's still not all hand quilted yet. Sigh. Love hand quilting, but I always bog down. My first quilt block was before that -- part of a quilt made by our neighborhood for a friend.

Marianne said...

I have a similar first quilt story. Mine begins in 1976 and the renewed interest that was forged by the Bicentennial. I had a lot of polyester in mine too, cotton fabrics were so darn hard to find and who knew anyway! Mine was tied with navy blue yarn but I had used 1/8 seam allowances. I used that quilt for a few years until the seams started opening. Mine ended in the trash where it stayed lacking a husband to rescue it.

Margaret said...

My most recent quilt. Is a quilt made of French General fabrics. I made the top a couple years ago and set it aside because I absolutely hated it. I shouldn't have hated it because I love French General fabrics but I did not love this quilt top. I brought it out again yesterday, and looked at it, and finally figured out why I didn't love it. It was the borders. I had put on borders and they simply did not go with the design of the pattern. So, I took them off, and now I love the quilt top and can't wait to finish it and put it on my bed.

candy said...

My first quilt was a 9 patch in very country colors that I made in the 80's! I still have it but boy have my taste changed!!

Kathleen at Rose Prairie said...

Loved your story of your first quilt. I went some similar experiences. Oh so loved the 70's

Marta Dupkalová said...

Something about quilt ? I have two quilt tops from your gorgeous Independence Trail in cabinet, I have to finish them this year - I hope :)

lovetostitch said...

My first quilt is also a beauty!! Of course, it's only a tablerunner, so it's small enough to live almost any where! It was a Cristal Carter log cabin (you know those 1" strips were supposed to teach accuracy!! and my background was ..... mauve!! It was the wreath and I made it long and perfect to match the length of our table! heee heee! My second quilt was an Irish Chain - better, but doesn't live on a bed, LOL Yes, I do remember you teasing us with that photo!!! Still swooning it!

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

I made my first quilt in 1982 ... no rotary cutters and cotton fabrics were still not very easy to find. I had to drive an hour to find a shop that actually sold cottons. I made a twin-sized log cabin book, using Bonnie Leman and Judy Martin's book. I measured with a yardstick and marked with a pencil so I could cut my strips. I'm confident that they were not very accurate. But the blocks came together and that quilt was used and loved by my daughter so much that it's barely hanging together today.

Becky B said...

The first quilt I made was a simple 4 patch for my then 6 year old (she's 22 now) and she picked out a hideous hot pink salamander fabric. But I made it work and with my new sewing machine, quilted all the names of her favorite books in the border. She still loves that quilt and I have not looked back since!

Strlady said...

I did tie one of my first quilts but not my first. My first quilt was a small wall hanging that taught me everything you should NOT do. Then I moved on to my first larger quilt that is still cherished today after 20 years.

Sandy said...

My first quilt was made 20 years ago for my best friend at the time. She had joined the Air Force and was leaving for duty. Thanks for the great giveaway!

B. J. Woodlee said...

I grew up in a household where quilting was queen. Sewing our clothes was king. Almost everyone I knew quilted. I have wonderful memories of going to quilting bees with mama. The last quilt my mama pieced was an apple core quilt. She made a queen size quilt top and every piece was a different fabric. Every Saturday morning my two sister's and I would go to Mama's and cook a big breakfast, help with the housework or yard work. Then we played with the fabric that we had bought or found in our stashes that week. First we cut out the apple core block then cut the fabric in three pieces so everyone had a piece of the fabric.

Becky S. said...

I'm so glad your husband saved your quilt from the trash! I can't imagine making a quilt without a rotary cutter and rulers. My first quilt was a kaleidoscope I started about 15 years ago. It still needs the pieced borders.

Julie said...

I don't remember my first quilt. At this time, I am working on 2 Kimono throw quilts, a woven table runner, a Halloween quilt, and various other UFO's.

Tee said...

My first quit in on my queen size bed as I write, I made it 2 years ago as a newbie! Queen size,what was I thinking? But I haven't look back! I took Home Ec. in 8th grade and made clothes, I've always loved fabric.
Your fabric line is at the top of my list, my second quilt I made using your fabric and it was a gift to my co-worker who retired...she loved the fabric too!

Tina Mcnamara said...

My first quilt was a mini flying geese that I entered into a local quilt show. I won a ribbon in the category "My First Quilt".

Pam said...

My first quilt STARTED in the trash :) My cousin's girlfriend (Hi Kim! Thanks!) threw out a bag full of fabrics and the pattern and I just couldn't stop thinking about it! I waited until no one was looking and begged my mom to go get it. Ha -ha! TWO quilters were born that day. Thanks for the chance to win some Lexington! It's gorgeous!

Linda said...

My mother and grandmother hand quilted so it just felt right when I got the quilt bug. I, on the other hand am a machine quilter. My first large quilt was a grandmothers fan for my queen size bed. Still have it and love it.

janice said...

My first "true" quilt was a fall wall hanging. It is on the wall above my computer table as I write this. It is not perfect-a little wonky in several places. The corners flare out. It has a black and white checkered border that when I pieced it did not fit around the block correctly. I think I ended up adding more squares to get it to fit. I still like it and put it up every fall.

Mama Joan said...

This free quilt pattern is my favorite right now. I am just about done with the top. It has been a very fun pattern:)

Tori said...

My first quilt is a long term project - 1" EPP hexagons which will eventually be a full double bed quilt - that won't be finished for some time yet. The first quilt I finished was a simple baby quilt made with squares of Michael Miller elephants fabric in lots of bright colours. Baby Rose is now 10 months old and is still not allowed near the quilt lest she be sick on it(!). Am still trying to talk her Mum into letting her just use it...

Pam said...

Love your story!
I fell in love with an Amish baby quilt on the cover of Country Living back in 1986 or so. It was a bow tie quilt in purple and green. I went to the library and found a pattern. Of course with inset seams! But I made it and used puffy batting because no one I knew quilted. I never finished it because it was crooked! But I still have it!
That baby girl is now 29 and a pediatrician!

Terri McBride said...

I like your first quilt and kudos to your hubby for saving it. I also am so excited Lexington has finally showed up in stores, my step daughter asked me to make her a t-shirt quilt with her old Akron shirts and then you put this new line on your blog & I knew it would be perfect for that quilt those are the school colors. Patiently my hubby & I waited & finally the coveted fat quarter bundle showed up in a LQS yeah can't wait to get started. Thanks for a chance to win more as this line is awesome.

James Dodson said...

My first quilt looked just about like yours!

Pam said...

Love your story!
I fell in love with an Amish baby quilt on the cover of Country Living back in 1986 or so. I wanted to make it for our baby daughter. It was a bow tie quilt in purple and green. I went to the library and found a pattern. Of course with inset seams! But I made it and used puffy batting because no one I knew quilted. I never finished it because it was crooked! But I still have it!
That baby girl is now 29 and a pediatrician!

Patricia said...

I loved the first quilt I made. It was for my new Granddaughter with lots of blue and yellow and a appliqued duck.

Betty said...

My first quilt sewn 5 years ago was a full size quilt which I constantly ripped apart to make it just right. It is now "hanging out" on our leather sofa's arm. I love textiles/fabric from first sewing doll clothes to my clothes years ago to now being hooked on quilting. Thanks for the giveaway.

SarahZ said...

I started my first quilt in 1987...and finished it in2011!! I do love it, in spite of it's outdated fabrics...a BrokenStar, all individually cut, hand pieced and hand quilted! I LOVE that I really did finish it and can now enjoy it! I laughed out loud at Bill, saving your quilt...good man!!

JudyAnne said...

Looks like one my sister-in-law made me in the 70s, but mine had a pink bunny head at the top. Wish I still had it!

Barbara Pavlas said...

I love quilting, something I received from my mom. As a child, I used to help her cut the pieces from cardboard templates. I remember how she so enjoyed it. And now I find it so full of therapy.

Melinda Maier said...

My first quilt was an embroidered Jack Dempsey Noah's Arch crib sized quilt, made for my daughter 21 years ago. She still has this quilt and at times I see it on her bed and it reminds me of how far I have come as a quilter.

TJ Sikkink said...

My first quilt was very much like yours. I used scraps of EVERYTHING (including 100% polyester). The backing was also a bed sheet, the batting was the fluffiest polyester batt I could find and I used a garish shade of yellow acrylic yarn to tie it with. The best part was I welcomed by a group of "older" ladies who put it on their quilt frame and taught me how to tie the knot. Yes, I still have it sitting on the top shelf in my closet.

Susie Hoover said...

I love the fabrics that you girls design. It started with Nantucket for me and ever since, I've been a collector of your lines.

Lucy said...

I was a garment sewer but I made my first quilt as my mother-in-law needed a big hug and I thought this would be a fabulous way to do it. Totally hooked now!

darlene macdonald said...

My first quilt was for my MIL after she lost her husband. He had a dachshund and so blocks of dachshunds, why not? LOL Thanks for the giveaway and your quilt rocks too!!!!! :)

Through The Fire Quilts said...

My first quilt that I ever made was a wall hanging. My mama and I actually took the class together. We both knew how to sew but we never made a quilt before. So I talked my mom into taking the class with me. I picked out the fabrics I needed and took them over to my mom's house to show her. She ended up loving the fabrics too so I gave them to her and went back to the store to buy more of the same fabric. Now the quilts hang on the wall near my mom's urn. I miss her so much but we had such a wonderful time making our first quilts together.

Anonymous said...

I made my first quilt in 1969. It was a 5 inch one patch made out of various polyesters. What did you want I was 7 years old!!!and my mother didn't have a clue how to sew and I had to teach myself how to use the sewing machine :) I still have the top...and now I actually think it is lovely in a kitchy kind of way.
I also know how to macrame...hahahaha

Cindi P. said...

I love your fabric and just bought one of the Lexington layer cakes this weekend while on a bus trip to the Madison quilt expo. I loved spending time with my daughter and MIL on the trip. Thanks for the chance to win!

VLPDevore said...

I've never met a quilt I didn't love, just some more than others. The only thing close to the actual quilts is the fabric as it becomes a quilt. Love it all.

karen said...

You have a very thoughtful husband to rescue your quilt from the garbage!

Karen in Breezy Point said...

Your first quilt sounds frighteningly like my own first--right down to the poly batting, sheet on the back and acrylic yarn ties--yikes! Sadly, (or maybe not) mine was not rescued from the trash.

Helen said...

I probably fell in love with quilts about the same time you did. I fell in love with a pattern I saw in Seventeen magazine. It was supposed to be applique but my mom didn't really know how to do it and neither did anyone else so I drew designs on the blocks and embroidered them. The fabrics I chose were taxi cab yellow, cobalt blue, and green apple. I had that quilt on my bed for years.

Laura said...

My first quilt was a rail fence which is in the linen closet right now. I guess I will give it some day light now :0)
I do love all of your color waves of your collections! From the Reds to the Blues to the Tans, LOVE Them ALL

Mcm said...

My first patchwork quilt was the rail fence pattern and was offered thru a community college night course.

momto1 said...

First, I love that fabric. I think it's the prettiest you've ever done.

After that, I just love a monochromatic quilt. The occasional accent color is ok, too. I love the texture of a quilt, the wrinkles that happen when it gets washed, the smell and warmth straight out of the dryer, the sight of a cat on a quilt, the smile when I give someone a quilt...so many things to love about a quilt. Thank you for your fabric designs.

susanmhj said...

Love your fabrics! My first quilt was a hand pieced table runner, it was hand quilted too. took a class with my sister and mom, we all still have those table runners, that was 1988. I think my fabric tastes have changed, for the better! Thanks for the giveaway!

Brenda said...

My first quilt was a log cabin quilt back in the 1980's. I still love it.

Caro said...

What a journey you've been on! Everyone has to begin somewhere.

Anonymous said...

Thinking I was wise, I decided the way to learn was through an organized quilt class. Well, since I was taking the class what could go wrong!! Why would I just make the suggested lap size when I could make a King!!?? What a disaster. It still exists, but yikes!!!! Thankfully, things have evolved and my end product is much improved now.

Patti said...

I "love" your Lexington line of fabric

paront1222@comcast.net said...

Laurie,
My first quilt was cut and pieced the exact same way. I was taking Home Ec in 7th grade back in 1967 and we were making dresses and shorts and anything else the teacher could fit into the class. I was the ambitious sewist in the class. I'd read ahead in the pattern and when the others were throwing their scraps away I was collecting them in ziploc bags to take home and sew up on my mom's MORSE machine (that she still has and sews on). I tied mine with embroidery floss. I only made the 1 quilt but I did make lots of pillows the same way and then in 1984 I started scrap collecting again when I took a night course at our local HS. I tied that quilt as well and used some muslin for the back. My daughter still has that quilt although her dog Romeo has eaten parts. It now sits in a basket by the fireplace but can no longer be use :(

I'd love to win and make the free quilt from your giveaway.

Peggy in NJ

Grace said...

what I love about this quilt are the blues and creams ... just LOVE it ... my first quilt was hand made ... my last quilt was first that went over 108" ... and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE fall ... :)

Dawn McGee said...

I love to hand sew the binding on a quilt. Every quilt I make has the binding and the label done by hand. I think my favorite quilt is my next quilt.

Kay said...

My first quilt was the Gumdrops quilt from the book Sunday morning Quilts, it is the quilt I sit with over my lap when I am reading. Thanks for a lovely giveaway. x

jefferson said...

So glad your husband saved your first quilt!

Debbie said...

My first quilt was a double wedding ring for my husband, for our 20th anniversary. Pieced it on the machine, and quilted by hand. Not the first quilt for a beginner for sure, but it turned out so good, I have been addicted since. Love your fabrics, the colors and prints speak to me.

French Teacher said...

My first quilt was for my daughter's big girl bed. I had never done any quilting before. I ended up sewing 3/8 seams because my machine didn't have a 1/4 inch seam. Let's just say that is a very snug quilt. I loved it though and so did my daughter. Now I can't stop.

paulette said...

I LOVE the quilt that I am working on right now!! It has trees...lots of triangle trees and flying geese trees, houses and even lambs on it! Such a fun one to work on!
I also LOVE this fabric and can think of a million quilts that I could whip up using it! Thanks for the chance!
Paulette

GranChris said...

I can't remember the first. I'm old, very old. However I have been sewing all the Patch Pals. Who knows why. I just finished a Pink elephant. I love him. Right before that I made Butterfly Blooms in Black and Primary colors. I love this one too.

Diane K. said...

My first quilt was a log cabin. Love the fabric lines! Love Moda!

Gina S. said...

My first quilt i made while pregnant with my son 37 yrs ago. Since we didn't know what we were having back in those days he ended up with white eyelet all the way around the edges, lol. I was just big enough for his bassinet. It's put away with the baby things that i kept from each one of my kids.

bountiful quilter said...

My first quilt was also made from cotton blend chintz fabrics. I still have it , I love it . Thanks for the chance to win those beautiful fabrics.

Vicky said...

As the whole world knows, I LOVE M&S fabric! In fact, I'm pulling you from the stash for the mystery retreat this weekend!

Anonymous said...

My first quilt was a queen size trip around the world. Made from a cardboard template, hand pieced and tied. It took 2 years to make and was finished in 1974. It is still in good shape and I showed it to my quilt guild last year.
My grandchildren, who are all grown up used to play on it.

Bethany said...

I made my first quilt last year, and I absolutely love it!!! Since then, I have made about ten! :)

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

My all time favorite quilt was made from a pattern out of an Australian magazine. It's not finished, but I do have it on my bucket list. Thanks for the generous giveaway!

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Jacqueline said...

I still have my first quilt.. it was hst in creams, blacks and tans and hand quilted with black thread. OMG I am happy to say that I have improved some in the last 35 years. Will never be as good as I see myself in my dreams but am learning to live with that.

Thanks for a chance.

Jacqueline said...

I still have my first quilt.. it was hst in creams, blacks and tans and hand quilted with black thread. OMG I am happy to say that I have improved some in the last 35 years. Will never be as good as I see myself in my dreams but am learning to live with that.

Thanks for a chance.

WoolenSails said...

My first quilt was a heart quilt and I made it with scraps that I had and clothing from my kids and husband. I still tie some quilts, I like the look and great for quilts that I want an extra loft in.

Debbie

Steven and Ginger said...

I made my first quilt in 2011. I have now made 14 quilts of all sizes. I love love love to look at and buy fabric and quilt!

sndy1 said...

I could really relate to your story regarding fabric that was available back in the day. I had the same experiences. Fabric today is so beautiful. I sure hope that trend continues!

Sandra said...

My first quilt was made from a beginner's quilting class. I still kept it. But the colors I chose didn't really match. There were 3 colors chosen for the rail fence pattern. My colors were peach, green that had some peach to it and blue. Why blue? Because I love the color but it really did not belong. Still, it was my first quilt. Yes, I have gotten better and I believe I am better at matching colors now. Thank you for being a part of the Moda Love Blog Hop and giving all of us the chance to become a Moda Winner.

Sandi Timmons
sandit1@sbcglobal.net

LeAnne said...

This brought back so many memories for me. I made my first quilt for my husband, using the same process! It was a disaster......the backing was all bunched up in places.....but I just left it. That quilt was never retrieved from the garbage!!

sewdelightful said...

My first quilt was just a few years ago, and haven't stopped!

VickiT said...

LOVE your quilt and the new fabrics have such gorgeous shades of blue. Very nice.

I don't know if it really qualifies as a quilt but it was the first year I decided to get back into sewing, about 11 yrs ago now. I shopped for a new machine and ended up with an amazing buy on a Viking D1; bonus, I get to learn machine embroidery. I was thrilled as I hadn't even considered that. In one of the classes at the shop I bought the machine, they offered different clubs each month. The one I liked was a quilted calendar wall hanging. We had so much fun in the class that no one finished theirs so it was all up to each of us to finish them at home. Well, I obviously can't read directions, although this was a lesson to me and I am very thorough reading them now. I finished mine and when I pulled it off the machine for that very last time upon completing it and removed it from the hoop I panicked! I missed the part about when to embroider the calendar onto the wall hanging and did it last. oops. On the back of my awesome looking little quilt project was the entire calendar, every number and day stitched out.......backwards. :( BIG oops. There was no way to unstitch that mess so it is now a lesson to me each time I look at that. Thankfully it was a wall hanging so no one sees that mess unless they look on the back. And I figure, just like anyone looking in corners behind a couch and finding dust bunnies or something, well they deserve to find them and also deserve to find a backwards calendar too. haha

Mary said...

My first quilt was a sampler I made for my then baby daughter. She is now 37 and still uses it. It is not pretty to look at anymore!
thanks for the chance to win!

mary

Anonymous said...

I Love every scrap of fabric Minick and Simpson ever created and all the quilts i have made with it. donna

Deb G. in VA said...

My first quilt was made in much the same way you made yours, except I didn't buy any fabric. I was 17 or 18 and decided to cut up the scraps my mother had saved from making dresses for me, my 2 sisters and herself. I cut them into 4" squares, after I painstakingly pulled a thread to find the straight of grain. I also tied mine with yarn and still have it today, 40 years later. At the time, I didn't think of it as a quilt, but as a blanket. I didn't make anymore quilts until about 30 years later, when I decided I wanted to make a quilt.

Linda Cates said...

My first quilt was a disaster. I had to keep making the blocks smaller so it would fit together. It was a small quilt!! Love your new line!!

CathyK said...

I am so glad that your husband saved that quilt! What a great guy. He realized the importance of salvaging that piece of your history. It is important to see where we began so we can see how far we have come. That quilt will be an inspiration to others who begin the quilting journey! Look at your quilts now!

patty a. said...

My first quilt was a scrappy thousand pyramid. No I didn't have any scraps, but it was my first quilt and I knew nothing. Like you, I would by 1/8 yard pieces of calico at J. C. Penny and with a template, cut hundreds of triangles. I hand quilted that quilt on a frame my dad made me. I still have that quilt.

JMM said...

My very first quilt was hand pieced and hand quilted. It was a simple patchwork made from mostly scraps. It's been used well over the years! That was over 30 years ago.

kay said...

Bravo to your husband for saving your first quilt! I never even finished my first, although I hand-pieced and hand-appliquéd the whole top. Started hand-quilting it, but that was too daunting to finish. Years later, I discovered machine techniques!!!

Marilyn S said...

I don't remember when I started making quilts..Mom did a lot of sewing, and I thought I needed to help...Not sure what Mom thought of that but we learned to work together. It was only a few years ago that I actually started..and finished a quilt.

Michele Dickinson said...

My first quilt project from the late 80's early 90s still sits in my closet unfinished. It is apricot and blue with hand appliquéd teapots. Time changes and fabrics are much better. I fell back in love with fabrics and quilting about 6 years ago and make between 15-20 quilts a year.

Linda Carpenter said...

My first quilt is in the top of the closet. The second has long gone to shreds. After that I have lost track they could almost be anywhere...as long as they are used and loved is all that matters to me.

Jo said...

I made my first quilt just a few years after you did. It was a classic grandmother's flower garden - pastel prints and solids on a white background. I learned what NOT to do with that quilt. It was hand pieced and hand quilted with mostly poly-cotton blends I'm sure. When I ran out of my white background fabric I cut up a white sheet to finish and then backed the quilt with another white sheet. It took 2 1/2 years to make and I was very proud of it at the time. I've thought about throwing it away many times but it still resides in my closet. Now I'm thinking of keeping a sample of it and framing it for my sewing room. My current quilts are not masterpieces but they've come a long way from my first one.

Beth Beal @ Old Cedar Knoll Farm said...

I love the colors in your quilt! And the Lexington fabric line is beautiful. My first applique quilt was a wall hanging with applique hearts in many graduating shades. I pieced and hand quilted it all by hand and it probably took me a year from start to finish. We lived in SW Florida for two years from 2000-2003 and when we sold our house to move back to VA the little girl in the family loved it so much - it was hanging in one of our spare bedrooms that would be her room, I left it in the house for her. Now that I have a granddaughter, I wish I had kept it, but I can only hope that it still remain with that family.

Sorcha girl said...

My first quilt project was from a sampler class -- hand pieced using cardboard templates and hand quilted. Only one block was completed. I was a young mother and couldn't believe that I could complete the nine blocks (1978). Now, rotary cutters and a wide variety of fabrics are sometimes too stimulating!! Lexington is now in the stores and BLUE became a favorite color. Thanks for participating in the Moda Blog Hop. Thanks for the chance to win some Lexington fabric.

Vicki H said...

My first quilt was made at a quilting class at our local WalMart back in 1990. It was a log cabin and my first work with rotary cutters and mats.

Julee said...

My first quilt was also from a picture in magazine (1974), a lone star quilt. I didn't know anything about drafting patterns let alone doing diamonds. My quilt ended up being 6 pointed star and some how I managed to make the corners fit....
Just love your new fabrics....

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Nancy Evans said...

So glad your husband saved your quilt....that is love. And you were brave to forge ahead making it as you did. I think it looks great now and would be buying it at the flea market to bring home. I wasn't so brave and waited until the advent of rotary cutters, mats and ways to make many HST's at one time were published, to make my first quilt. I loved it also and think it has a home with a nephew because it was for my Dad who has since passed on.

Jane K said...

Thanks for sharing your story of your first quilt loved it. My first quilt was done taking a class and now hanging over a chair on the porch. love it.

DebraKay Neiman said...

My very first quilt was made with Cheater fabric and tied instead of quilting. That was 40 years ago and I do not know what happened to it. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

BarbB said...

Your first quilt looks like my first quilt, but made of old clothes. It was unfinished, and I carted it with me though many moves, looked at it about 30 years later and made two small quilts. My sister has one, I have the other. Currently, I am working on a quilt for my M-I-L. Thanks for your beautiful blues.

tubilinha tiacarminha said...

NÃO tinha muita habilidade com tecidos mas, mesmo assim,resolvi fazer uma mini,saiu bonita o suficiente para tomar gosto...daí não parei mais.Minha paixão são os hexágonos,então sempre com projetos no caminho
Obrigada e parabéns por trabalhos lindos!tiacarminhapezzuto@gmaaail.com

Margaret said...

Thank you for sharing about your first quilt. I still have the first one I made. It is becoming thread bare from all the use that it has had. I sometimes look at it when I am making a new one and think about how much I have learned from blogs like yours and all the inspiration that comes from the blog hops.

Jen Barnard said...

My first quilt is sitting in a cupboard, half quilted. I was a bit too ambitious with the quilting design for my first try. I also basted it on a carpeted floor and had to put my hand underneath to get the pins through the layers without catching the carpet too. It did not go very well. I have decided to unpick what I have done and start again.
jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

beeinstitches said...

LOVE the layer cake quilt and so glad I can get the pattern now- been waiting patiently! My first quilt was a Sunshine and Shadow from fabric that I bought on a trip to PA and my most recent quilt top is Nantucket, but done in Collection for a Cause - Love fabrics. It was done fir a challenge.

Anonymous said...

I love your quilt! I have a couple "crazy quilts" my great grandmother made from leftover apparel fabrics - polyester, knits, flannel. It is very heavy, and I use it for picnics.

Sherry said...

I think the favorite quilt I have made is a nursery rhyme quilt for my first grandchild.

Anna Meier said...

My first quilt was made only 9 months ago and I absolutely love it!

Sigi G said...

Just LOVED your story. My first sewn quilt was big granny squares in pink for our oldest daughter - with tied wool bows in the corners. It was so big I had to wash it in the big washing machines at the laundry mat. Thank you for such a beautiful giveaway!

Mary said...

Thanks for sharing your first quilt story. My first quilt was a log cabin made for my first-born 30 years ago. I used a pattern out of a women's magazine, probably Women's Day or Good Housekeeping. I haven't stopped since!

Tina Virshup said...

My first quilt was hand tied, too. It was hand sewn from corduroy and I still have it.

Donna K. from N. Texas said...

I love the free STAR QUILT pattern featured at the beginning of this blog and have downloaded it. Love Stars!

Kathy MacKie said...

I love that quilting has given me the best friends ever, they just "get" me!

Linda said...

HELLO, such a nice post today! My first quilt was a Mini in blues! Thanks for sharing!

msstitcher1214@gmail.com

mrsquilt said...

My first quilt was several of those sunset stitchery kits sewn into rows with a blue blend of some sort. It was tied about every 10 inches. I still have it. My last quilt was a Medallion quilt made for my parents 50th anniversary. My favorite quilt is usually the one I just finished the binding on!

Diane Moore said...

I fell in love with this story! I am pretty new to quilting even though I have loved them my entire life, but I have been sewing everything else since I was about 14 (42 years now!) and your story really hit home for me. Thank you so very much for sharing~

susan said...

I made my first quilt for our oldest daughter. I sure wasn't concerned about points on flying geese or blocks matching perfectly then but it is used and loved very much!

Lynda said...

When I was 14 I struggled to make my own clothes - I was a very small person and could not find age appropriate clothing (1950's) that fit. I used babysitting monies to buy the fabrics. What I love today is spending time with my three 3 y/o grandchildren, triplets are so much fun!

VA said...

My favorite quilt is one I made using Kate Spain's first line, 'Verna'. I love the colors and the patterns, and it was easy to make.

Lisa Marie said...

Usually the last quilt I've worked on is my favorite -- I'm fickle that way! But with so many beautiful fabrics and so many ways to arrange them, there is always something new and exciting to try!

Laurel said...

My grandmother was a quilter as was her mother. My first quilt was a doll quilt and stitched with guidance from Grandma Rhoda. She made a double wedding ring quilt for all 28 of her grandchildren using templates and her scissors. All were hand pieced and had quilted. So much love shared with all of us!

Beanstalk said...

Among my current quilty loves is your Lexington line -- wonderful colors and patterns. I admit I have a jelly roll of it sitting all fanned out on my cutting table, waiting for me to commit to a plan. Another thing I would love-- winning your generous give-away.

Sue D said...

Love the story of your first quilt. My grandmother made me a twin size quilt that I used all the way up through college. Then my 4 boys used it and now my grandchildren use it. I have plans and have started some quilts but have only finished small projects or wall hangings.
slrdowney at hotmail dot com

Crickets Corner said...

My first quilt was a hand pieced and hand quilted sampler in king size for my mother. That was over 40 years ago and I still have it, worn spots and all. My favorite quilt is one I just finished. A red, white and green Country Charmer quilt. I've always wanted a Christmas quilt and now I have one. As for something I love it's your new Lexington fabric....Fantastic!

Heleny25 said...

I just finished a baby quilt for my nephew. I use transportation theme and looks lovely.

tamidug said...

My first quilt was just large squares (12") sewn together and then tied with floss. Not sure if my oldest daughter still has that one? Thank you for the chance to win some of your lovely fabric!

Tami
tamiquilts at att dot net

Nancy watkins said...

I love your blues and tans! My first project was a wall hanging with appliqué hearts. It's a labor of love!

Jennifer said...

I made a hand tied quilt 40 years ago... Oh, dear. Never attempted another quilt until recently and having a blast!

Anonymous said...

I love that story. I have a similar one about a quilt-as-you-go grandmother's flower garden I did as a home-ec project, the fabrics were horrible! I did throw it away. I made my first quilt with rotary cutter and all-cotton fabric for my grandmother who has passed away, I have the quilt, though, and even though I'm embarassed of it now, I remember being so proud to give it to her. She loved it so I love it too. It reminds me of her.
Beth F

Connie said...

My favorite quilts are the ones that I make for gifts.

Anonymous said...

The first quilt I made was a flannel rag lap quilt just over a year ago. I got hooked on quiliting and have made several quilts start to finish. Thanks for the chance to win your beautiful Lexington fabric! sewmissmouse@yahoo.ca

Ali K said...

My current quilt is a work in progress -- the first choice of fabric and design was way too busy, so I am keeping those HSTs for a future project and started with a new design that is working much more nicely.

suz said...

My first quilt was a sampler. I loved the main fabric I used and loved the quilt. Recently a friend was looking for scraps to make a memory quilt on behalf of a mutual friend and I remember I had hoarded the leftover pieces. I was shocked to discover how stiff and unpleasant the fabric was (still a pretty color), so I checked the quilt. Even after numerous washings the main fabric is still stiff and unpleasant. I think I made this quilt back in the early 80s, which explains a lot. May have to donate this because I don't think I want it handed down.

Carol Thomas said...

We are approximately the same age. I had many sewing adventures growing up (remember the a-line skirt required in jr. high home ec.?). My mom taught me to sew at age 7 and the a-line skirt was just too simple and boring! I didn't learn to quilt until I was 37 and feel I wasted 30 years! Love your fabrics!

Gill said...

My first quilt was a quillow for my mum's 80th birtday!

LKDrum said...

I enjoyed making my last quilt. It is called Autumn Harvest made of assorted fabric in fall colors along with homespuns. I tried something new and did some Big Stitch Quilting in the borders. It turned out beautifully. Thanks for the giveaway! Lana

delaineelliott said...

My first "real" quilt was a king sized quilt made with 9" square patches and two borders. I hand quilted it wholecloth style. It took about 1 year to complete, but I still love it. Thanks!

Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

Unknown said...

you first quilt has great appeal and you tell a great story!! my first quilt is not finished.....the fifth, sixth, eighth, tenth are but they don't count. Do count me in.

B J Chaplin said...

My first quilt was an elephant out of a magazine in 1978 before my first child was born. It was also tied but turned out really nice. I still have it.

Robbienae said...

I've been sewing since 1969. My husband bought me a new sewing machine (Bernina 830) in 2010 and that's when I got up the nerve to make a quilt. I made a simple patchwork quilt with Duke Blue Devil fabric and gave it to my grandson, Jackson. Since then, I have made nearly 100 quilts. I love the reds, blues, and creams in your fabrics!

Joan said...

I have made many quilts with your fabric lines, just love them. I am currently making the Farmer's Wife with Indigo Crossing. If you are interested I can send you a picture when it is done.

Cherise said...

My first quilt I made just a few months ago and I discovered that I love quilting! I made it with Adornit's Nested Owl line for my girls! Although now its hanging in my sewing room because I love it! Right now I'm making a princess quilt for my oldest daughter. Thanks for making such beautiful fabrics!

Kristy said...

My first quilt you ask? I was surrounded by quilts as a child as my grandma was a quilter, even my mom made a few quilts. However, my first quilt was born out of a freshman art class independent project whilst in college. It was made from 3 fabric...blue, green and white. Blue has a been a favorite for all these years. Seems only appropriate since I am a blue lover my next quilt should be out of LEXINGTON!!! Your quilt is stunning...love it! On a side note...welcome to instagram!

Robin said...

My first quilt was in 1977 - made out of orange gingham and toile (orange toile!) I just made it up as I went along, put mitered corners on it and a ruffled binding. It was the size of a baby crib so I used it for my baby who is now 35. Made a few more quilts after that and gave it up until about 3 years ago. I'm back in, all the way and loving it.

Jayne Honnold said...

How great that your husband saved that quilt! What a treasure! I too fell in love with quilts because of a picture - or I should say lots of pictures. The trend in home dec when I was first married was Early American, so the magazines I often bought occasionally featured a quilt in the cover picture. I noticed that I only bought the magazines that contained a quilt on the cover. So that made me decide that I needed to own some quilts, and I knew that I couldn't afford to buy them. I must learn to make them! I was lucky to have a Grandmother that quilted, and I had learned to sew clothing through years of 4-H. My first quilt was a hand-pieced Ohio Star. I still have it, and it has been used and washed a lot. Grandma quilted it for me on her ancient frame. I just loved the process. What a lot I have learned since then - 35 years!

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Grace said...

My first quilt was in 2009. My Grandma taught me how and I've loved quilting ever since :) homespunhandmaiden(at)yahoo(dot)com

SewSherry said...

I love your new Lexington line! My first quilt was made, and tied with yarn by the way when I was pregnant with my son. I did not make another quilt until he went away to college! Now twelve years later, that is my passion!

Diane E W said...

My first quilt was a bigger mess than yours. I didn't even look in a book or go to the library. I made something up in my head and went from there. Awful, Awful. I threw it away several years later, when I knew there was and never would be hope for it. I didn't even have a husband to rescue it from the trash. My latest quilt I love. Come along way baby. I love Lexington and can't wait to get my hands on a layer cake.

Kiri said...

My first quilt is also the quilt I'm currently working on! I took a beginner's quilt class that was supposed to make four 12" blocks for a wall hanging, but I got carried away and made twelve blocks and decided to add a large, appliqué border... And that's where the progress came to a sudden stop. It took me over a year to gather enough courage to finally finish that border. (During which time I made 3 baby quilts and a table runner.) Once I actually got started on the appliqué, it turned out to be much simpler than I had anticipated, and it's actually my favorite aspect of the quilt. Now I'm nearly done hand quilting it!

Jan Regier said...

My first quilt looks pretty similar to your first quilt !
Thanks !

Mary said...

My first quilt was made out of polyester fabric samples someone had given my Mother. I thought they were so beautiful. A huge bag of colorful squares. I was about 10yrs old at the time. I hand stitched all those squares together. I was not allowed near my Mothers sewing machine. Although I didn't start quilting till,years later I think it was those samples that got me started.
I love your Lexington Fabrics. Love the blues, golds and browns!

Janet said...

My first quilt was made without rotary cutting too - a bears paw baby quilt for my first daughter who is now 15. True love for me too :0) I would love to win some Lexington - I love sewing with your fabric!!

Donna said...

I also started my first quilt because of a magazine article, I think it was better homes and gardens and it was also when I was in high school.. it is a blue red and white trip around the world, and it too lives on the top shelf of the closet!

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh I remember shopping in Kresge's in my younger years!! Anyway my first quilt was for my daughter and I never finished it over 25 years ago. Got as far as starting to hand quilt and it now sits in a plastic bag in my closet!!. I did finish 2 quilts for my grandson recently. Now my daughter wants me to finish hers!! sandybailey55@hotmail.com

Gloria said...

My first quilt was an Eleanor Burns Quilt in a Day Log Cabin that took a year to make!

But I joined the Class because I saw an article about antique quilts in an old Better Homes and Gardens magazine that had been brought into my son's school by a mother who was leaving the island.

cottontailquilter said...

I bought a book about small quilts, thinking it might be a good way to start...the operative word being "small." There was a picture of a doll bed quilt hanging on a wall, and it looked like a kimono. I liked asian looking things, so set out to make it. It was also called a postage stamp quilt due to the large number of very small pieces. I labored over the process of choosing fabric, and painstakingly hand-pieced the now what seemed like millions of squares. When it was finished, a quilting friend asked if I knew how to bind both inside and outside corners. What??? With the help of this friend, I did finish this quilt. But what a way to start!

Sharrieboberry said...

Whenever we visited my paternal grandparents on their farm, my grandmother always had a quilt in her quilt frame. And as a 10-year-old she let me "quilt" it. First jab the needle down, and then find the place to bring it back up with the tip. Big stitches, but not too uneven. She later gifted it to me. This was in the 70s. I was lucky that my mom was a seamstress and both my grandmothers were quilters.

Juels said...

I love your Lexington line!

Heartsdesire said...

My first quilt was made for my youngest son, and he still has it. It was very simple, six-inch blocks sewn together and set on point. I had a lot of fun picking out the fabrics.

Renee said...

My first quilt was a little table topper for a quilt class...nothing all that exciting, except it got me in the quilting game! My last quilt was a sampler with lovely bright colors and I just love looking at it. All the quilts in between were baby quilts, holiday quilts, and picnic quilts too!

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