Yesterday I was looking though some old emails that I had sent to a friend and I found one that contained pictures of my two very first quilts. I did not know I still had those pictures. The quilts were created around April of 2010.
My first two quilts are still in use, but are now part of the “cat-bed” pile, ha ha! I cannot make myself throw these quilts out…even though I might not show them off. They remind me of the love of this craft and the strong desire to “figure it out” even with just two quilt books in my possession and no quilter around to ask for help.
So these two quilts are kind of hidden in my house; but I think it is time to talk and laugh about them a bit. :-)
Number 1: Table runner.
I had bought a FQ bundle at Michael’s Crafts store (during the summer of 2009) that gave off a strong “William Morris-vibe”. I just fell in love with it. I had never quilted before, just admired quilts. I wanted to LEARN! It took me over half a year to actually cut up the fabric and create this table runner.
It was completely handpieced and quilted.
I played with the lay-out of the triangles for a long time before I settled on this design. Lots of the points of the triangles were lost in the piecing. I probably did not have the know-how to baste a quilt; it is so poofy in certains place and flat in others.
I bought a satin bias tape and sewed it through and through as a binding, WHAT DID I KNOW ABOUT BINDING ?! Not much, ha ha!!!
Number 2 : Placemat
The quilt top was handpieced, but the straight-line-quilting was done on my mothers sewing machine. (That I blew up later in the year…. oops! Sorry Mom!!!)
I chose to work with half-square-triangles again, tiny ones this time.
Repeat after me: WHAT WAS I THINKING?!
What did I learn?
I had so much fun creating these two quilts. I pushed myself to figure out techniques and learn to use a sewing machine. I quickly learned how to bind a quilt and how to piece a back.
In both these quilts you can see that my fabric picks were way to similar. Parts of the patterns I designed are not visible at all. There is just not enough contrast between the colours and prints. The FQ bundles I used were a great starting point, but there needed to be more variation in pattern and scale.
Also looking back at these two projects I can see that from the very beginning in my quilting journey I wanted to create my own patterns and that I was not scared of new techniques. I just jumped in at the deep end, and I LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT (even those minutes spent with a seamripper!)