My First Quilt

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I want to show you the first quilt I made that started me on my quilting journey.

I had just come back from my mom’s. She had remarried after my dad had passed and had decided to retire as a pharmacist and took up quilting.

I had always enjoyed sewing, blankets and clothing mainly. And she had all these pretty fabrics and cool looking patterns.

She had taken me down to Joann’s and had gotten me a whole pile of fabric.

Of course I picked too many colors and too many fabrics, but I had plenty to figure it out.

I took it all home determined to make a king size quilt for my bed.

Yes… a KING size quilt.

Well, these were my final choice fabric. Looking back, I just sit here and shake my head. I’ve learned so much since then.

I found my pattern I would be using, but disliked the center. So I found a table runner that paper piecing for the center.

I hardly knew what I was doing, let alone paper piecing?

What a mess it was! The blocks didn’t match up and came out all funky sizes.

I’m still not sure what I was thinking, but as a whole, I like the way it turned out.

Then, I continued with the original pattern. Lots of beautiful borders.

Some more blocks. I think they’re almost pretty out of the quilt, though I do like the way it turned out.

Because I changed the middle, I did have to make a few adjustments as I went out. The star and windmill blocks above stayed the same, but I added some boarders to help make sure everything lined up nicely.

I guess after this picture I didn’t take anymore. There’s an hour glass round, and then a piano keys round the edges. I put a flannel backing on it so it was nice and soft for our bed.

It turned out a whopping 120″ Wide and 110″ long. When I stuck it on the long arm I had to do it top to bottom so that it fit on the long arm better.

Isn’t it pretty??? I like how it goes super long on the sides. Lots of colors I’m not sure I would’ve put together, but I do like how it turned out.