Saturday, August 29, 2009

My First Quilt

This is it... my very first quilt, made in the winter of 2006. My MIL and I took a beginners quilting class at Joann's and this baby quilt (or wall hanging, I suppose) was the quilt we each created over 8 weeks or so. I believe its called "Winning Hand" referring to the blocks that look like stacked cards. I had not an inkling of how to make a quilt until I took this class. I highly recommend taking a beginners class if you're just itching to know where to start!
We followed the directions in this book by "Quilt in a Day" so if you can't find a class in your area, you can probably find publications like this to walk you through the process. And in case you're wondering, YES, its much more fun to learn with a friend! Looking back almost 4 years, I'm not as fond of this fabric as I was, but I still consider it special since it was the first.

I'm so glad to have this solid basic knowledge so I can built on my skills and create modern, colorful quilts that I know will be loved for ages to come. I haven't really followed an exact pattern, per se, since this first quilt! Although I'll soon be cutting in to my Darcey fabric to make my very own (to keep!) Old Red Barn quilt like this one ... which does actually follow a loose pattern. It will have a permanent home in my living room, so Hazel and I can cuddle up on those freezing winter nights. So whats on your list of quilts to make?


Jennifer said...

my list of quilts to make is constantly growing!

but... i've had this kit for a log cabin quilt forever. that's definitely a project that i would really like to do.

One Flew Over said...

What a beautiful first quilt, the colours really compliment each other. My list is too long to even start typing about!!

Stephanie said...

Neat design, great first quilt! That's a great idea to have taken a class, classes are so helpful and will give you the basic knowledge to get you started on your own. I'm working on a quilt for my husband right now and then starting one for my son. I'm sure there will be more added to the list soon!

Aimee said...

Great first quilt! My To Do list grows like crazy. I have loads of Mendocino that I have a loose idea of what I want to make, but I'm afraid I'll ruin gorgeous fabrics!!

amandajean said...

what a great first quilt! i have a TON of quilts on my to make list. i think at last count it was 77? i have that many written down at least. and a dozen in my head. it's nuts!!!

Erin said...

I have that same quilt, because I taught that class at our local Joanns about four years ago. Your quilting style has come a long way! Congrats on the new baby. =)