Monday, September 17, 2012

First Quilt EVER!


First quilt EVER!  and Isabella..
My first quilt with my first baby on the steps to my first house with my first cat.  Amazing.

This is it!  It was started in 1996-1997, it was over a Christmas break, during college when there isn't much to do (at least for me as an undergraduate).  I wanted a project, and bought this little pattern on a laminated pamphlet and some very pretty and (much too expensive for my budget) batik fabric.

I did not own a rotary cutter, quilting foot, walking foot, basting pins, spray glue etc... This was done with a wing and a prayer.  The border was completely improvised by me using the leftover scraps.

First quilt I ever Made
It was about done during that one month break, but I had NO idea how to bind it.  So after I got into quilting, 16 years later, my Mom reminded me about the almost done quilt in my closet.  I bought some forest green kona that matched the green batik and bound it up!!  It looks beautiful, and is ridiculously soft, it's insane how cuddly this is.

As I was hand sewing the binding on, I became nostalgic about what had happened in the 16 years since I had gotten the idea to learn to quilt.  I went to college, graduate school, got a job, bought a condo, got married, bought a house, had a baby, quit my job,  sold a condo and now am having another baby.  My life IS the one I was dreaming about during the nights at home during my Christmas break from college.  I'm so lucky and happy and thankful.

This quilt is so full of good karma I decided to pass it on to the folks at LAWS - Loudoun Abused Women Shelter - It's a great organization and I already had two baby quilts for them.  They are lovely, but this quilt is so special and full of good things I hope it can all rub off on the person who snuggles it's very soft fabric.

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