On my birthday 11 years ago (give or take a year because I am not sure) my sister sent me a quilt kit that she had made me. It was for a small wall quilt with appliqued hearts. She had cut out just about everything so it was as simple as possible for me to put it together. It was my first quilt and after that I was hooked!
It is very much a first quilt! The binding is pretty funny but I did hand sew it which I am pretty impressed by when I look back.
The only quilting I did on this quilt is the hand quilting around the hearts. That's it. I think I burned out just doing that.
So if I ever try to wash it (and I never have), I will probably want to finish the quilting on it. And now that I think about it, I probably shouldn't wash it because the hearts are fused on and not secured with stitching. It is a cute pattern and it was really fun to do. I will always be grateful to my sister for introducing me to quilting.
A few years after I had made my first quilt, I decided to make a quilt for my daughter. I chose some blocks I had made shortly after I finished my first quilt. I had used a St. Louis Star pattern that I had gotten out of a beginners quilting book. I figured since I already had the blocks it would work up really quickly and it did. I wanted it to fit on a twin bed so I made it exactly the size of the top and made a ruffle to hang down and cover the sides of the mattress. I tied the quilt using red ribbons and then tied them into bows. I used a thick polyester batting that has since pulled away from the sides and bunched up in places.
One day a friend was visiting and I proudly showed her the quilt. She says, "Those look like swastikas". I was so horrified that I grabbed the quilt and stuffed it in the bottom of a trunk.
And there it stayed until my daughter found it years later and wanted it on her bed. Ugh! I can laugh about it now but it took me a long time to see any humor in it. Now I think it is pretty funny that I unknowingly made a "swastika" quilt for my blond haired, blue eyed, baby girl. Sure, they are backwards swastikas but it is still just so wrong!!
I think I would have to say my best quilt so far is my Sylvia's Bridal Sampler quilt. For no other reason than the fact that C&T Publishing picked it to be in Jennifer Chiaverini's new pattern book and I could not be more excited about it!
Want to play along? Post your first, worst, and best quilts on your blog! Don't forget to leave me a comment when you do so that I can come see!