Friday, November 21, 2008
My Very First Quilt
This is the pattern for the very first quilt I stitched. I am thinking "out loud" now. I started this quilt when my children were in elementary school so that was probably about 20 years ago! I would sit by the pool and anchor everything down so the wind wouldn't carry it off and I hand-pieced the entire quilt while I watched them swim.
Here is a photo of the quilt "sandwiched" and ready to be quilted. At first I was going to hand stitch the quilt since I had hand-pieced it but now I have decided to machine quilt it. I did sew the borders on by machine. My machine does have a feature that makes the stitching look hand quilted and that will be fun to use that. I've begun stitching it and am going to rip it all out and start over. In fact, I almost decided to "ditch" the entire quilt because my tastes in quilt styles have changed so much in 20 years. But I decided to finish it. I'm too sentimental about remembering what was going on in my life to do that and have decided to finish it. It will remind me of that happy time in my life when my children were so young and I enjoyed watching them play.
Here is a close-up of the stitching. You can see the little french knots for the angels' hair and their little round mouths hand-stitched as they are singing :) It's really an old fashioned pattern (or vintage as the term is nowadays) and vintage is "in", right? It is a wallhanging size, a very small quilt. I've decided that it is charming and a keeper.