Camille over at Simplify and Carrie over at La Vie En Rosie have had a very cute idea.
Quilters share pictures of their first quilt and most recent quilt and tell about something they have learned along the way.
Well, my first quilt is yet to be quilted. I pieced a queen sized quilt top BY HAND!!!! And now I hate it so much I can't bring myself to quilt it .... or even photograph it to show you.
So, I tought I'd show you the next quilt ..... the first one I actually finished .... in September 2000.
This used to hang right in front of our bed and my partner found the kaleidoscope pattern quite meditative so it has been named "The Meditation Quilt".
Even though it has lots of mistakes (see inner border, bottom-left, as a classic example) and the fabric choices are no longer my 'pick', I still love this quilt for its richness of colour and its place in my quilting history.
More recently, I completed this quilt:
It was created in honour of the Old Red Barn Co's recent quilt along.
The fabric choices have changed, the stitching is more precise (having discovered the joys of a quarter inch foot) but one of the biggest differences between these 2 quilts is that the second one is quilted by ME!!!
In recent years I have learned how to quilt (both by hand and machine). I really love it.
There is something so special when every stitch in a quilt is stitched by you.
If you haven't tried quilting and are addicted to machine quilting services (like I was), please have a go at quilting your own work. Find a great teacher or mentor to show you the ropes and enjoy the satisfaction of sewing every stitch .... yourself.