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Monday, July 6, 2009

My First Quilt

So the talented and amazing Camille and Carrie are having a little "parade of quilts" as they are calling it. They are asking people to show their first quilt and their latest quilt and talk about things that have been learned between the two! What a challenge, one that I'm up for of course.

So my first quilt



It was made for my niece Gracie, on a little $20 machine that my mom had got me from Canadian Tire, I think that it was called the DressMaker2 or something like that. I had little idea what I was doing and I followed a pattern that had to be thrown out part way through because I didn't cut anything the right way. Gracie doesn't look like she minds!

This is my latest quilt.


This one was a gift for a bridal shower, and I really can say that it might be my favourite so far. I had just discovered the world of moda basic jelly rolls! Who knew I didn't have to cut white sashing anymore, anything that makes my life easier is a bonus for me.

I've leaned a lot, but I had yet to learn how to stipple, and I'm waiting for that still. I've learned to better judge the colours and patterns that I want to use together and what that will look like when it's finished. I've also learned that there is an amazing community out there of hip young moms like myself who are taking back this tradition that likely our grandmothers did and our mothers passed by on their way to other things. Thanks for the chance to show these off, I can't wait to see what everyone has created.

I've got two more quilts almost ready to quilt, one is a BotCamp one that might end up for William and the other is an Amy Butler dot lap quilt that I plan on actually keeping for myself, imagine that! Pictures to come soon!


29 comments:

Ariel said...

I really love these! The first doesn't look like a first quilt at all! I'm not so fond of my first quilt ;( I was amazed that I taught myself, though! Can't wait to see what you have in the works!!!! ;)

Camille said...

Wait a minute, they are both amazing! I am seriously dreading showing you my first after seeing yours. Gorgeous quilts, excellent work. Thanks for joining in the fun!

Bowlby said...

Your quilts are just beautiful! I never would've guessed that was a first quilt!

Carrie said...

Oh goodness... I'm not sure I'm going to be willing ~ or able ~ to show my "green thing" on Monday, or show my first quilt again.

Barbara ~ both of these quilts are gorgeous! I mean, seriously, fabulously gorgeous!

And no fair... using a picture with a very cute, totally huggable baby on the quilt! :)

Peanut Blossom said...

Oh they're both beautiful! I can't tell which I like better, but the colors are so wonderful on the first one!

Cindy said...

Thanks for sharing! I love both of them.. :)

Tracy said...

GORGEOUS quilts, Barbara...You have such a great eye for color and pattern. For first quilts these are truly impressive--wonderful work. :o) Happy Days, my friend ((HUGS))

Lisa D. said...

Wowee - your first quilt is absolutely amazing! Both are really beautiful.

Allison said...

Love them both of course!

Nanci said...

Ok, so far you are down as my favorite quilts so far. I just love the colours you use.
I like brights too.

Nephi "Sowing" Friends said...

I love your quilts! Your second one is one of my favorite. I love the simple style of quilts like that. I'll check back to see your other ones soon.

jaybird said...

flutterby rocks!! great first quilt!!

Amanda said...

I agree, your first quilt doesn't look like a first quilt at all! Wait until you see mine!!

Both of your quilts are beautiful.

amber johnson said...

Both quilts are very cute! Good job! I've heard of those basic jelly rolls. Guess I'll have to get my hands on some of those!

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

Both quilts are very nicely done. Love the colors and the design of the first one. And the last one is beautiful, too.

Donnelly said...

I wish my first quilt looked like your first! Both are lovely. Have a great day.

Lucy said...

That's a 1st quilt?? Amazing. Your choice of colors and layout are divine. I so love the second one.

Note to self -- find cute babies for the photo shoot. he he..

Deborah said...

You are doing a great job. I really like the blocks with white strips. I'm going to have to try one of these quilts before long.

L Johnson said...

I am enjoying visiting everyones posts in the parade. Your quilts are amazing and I really do need to find out more about these Jelly Rolls:)

Lisa said...

Really gorgeous quilts. I'm in awe of your first quilt the colors are so wonderful!

Jessica said...

Both of them are gorgeous! And I love your comment about a whole group of us young, hip moms taking back this tradition. I've had so much fun meeting other "moms like me" around blogland!!

Leslie said...

i love the flutterby fabric in your first quilt...it is so cute...cute baby too

Cindy said...

I never would have guessed that was your first quilt. It's gorgeous as is your latest. You are super talented!

Cindy said...

I never would have guessed that was your first quilt. It's gorgeous as is your latest. You are super talented!

rachel griffith said...

they are both stunning.

Sherri said...

Wow...I love them both!

Catherine Watts said...

They are both stunning and I love the fabrics you've used.

lissa said...

Both of your quilts are incredible. Thanks for sharing.

AJ said...

Both quilts are amazing!