Pride? Revulsion? Embarrassment? Satisfaction? Honour? Amusement?
Posted 27 January 2010on:
When you think about your first quilt… the very first quilt that you made, what emotion does it invoke?
After reading Theri’s post about her first quilt, it got me to thinking about proffering a challenge to our circle of quilting friends.
Post about your very first quilt, and all that you can recall about it. Have a photo, of course you have to include it. Tell us about the horror or the pleasure the quilt gave you, at the time, and how you feel about it now.
I have posted about my first quilt on my blog here. This blog was a list of firsts that I had done with relation to quilting. And of course, this is my oldest UFO!
I would have to say, that when I was 9 or 10, this quilt was a very big thing for me. As I mention in the other post, it was put aside for a while. I pulled it out, in my teens, could be when I took Home Ec in Grade 8, or TAC (Textiles Arts and Crafts) in Grade 10, but I did add a few more things to it. I’m thinking it was Grade 10, so I would have been 15/16 at the time… I see a few pieces that I used for a couple of projects. I don’t know why I never threw it out. I still have not finished it, although I do intend to. I have to mend a few places, and square it up.
Now this quilt (top) brings me amusement and memories. Some of the fabric pieces I recall fondly of childhood memories. It has polyester, nylon, wool, acrylic, cotton, denim, terry towel, flannel, and a lot more. Can you tell what era it’s from? I shudder at the thought of even trying to machine quilt it… perhaps I will just tie it. Some of you may recall this quilt, as I did post it on APQ, and I called it my “ugly” quilt. Now before you all go and tell me it isn’t ugly, and that it is full of memories, you would be right about the full of memories… but IT IS UGLY! and I am the first to admit it! Hmm… I have an old blanket that was given to me by my Paternal Grandmother, which is orange (I really didn’t like it), about the time I added to it (way back when I was a teen), that maybe I’ll back it with that! No need to put a batting in! Or maybe the orange blanket could be the batting, and I’ll have to rummage around and find something for the backing! Now wouldn’t that be a hoot!
If you wish to accept is to find that deep down area in your “gut”, and find the courage to write and post about your first quilt on your blog.
- What do you recall about making the quilt? What you felt? Who/what it was for?
- Post a photo (if you have one)
- Tell us about the quilt as it is today? Where is it? How do you feel about it today?
- And of course, anything else you would like to share!
I do hope you take up the challenge and post here that you have!
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: You have to look back on your first quilt(s) and give them the credit where its due! As we gain more experience and find new interests, our knowledge base grows exponentially. We may try one technique and find that we don’t like it, but it leads us to another. Or we may like the technique and find our own path. I’ll be the first to admit, that some techniques perhaps some of the simpler (easier) techniques intimidate me. Why? I’ve been thinking about that a lot, and think perhaps it is because I have not found a need? an interest? or a true desire yet to try that technique. And then there are other techniques, where I just jump in, despite not knowing how deep the water is, and have a blast! I have one quilt that I am scared to finish piecing. I have made 3 similar quilts, and because I have learned so much since I made the first 3, I know that I will see the “mistakes” and “imperfections” and will want to change it to make it better. I am just going to have to “suck it up”, and one of these days, just jump in.