Friday 7 August 2015

Throwback Thursday (on a Friday)

Jennifer over at A Quarter Inch from the Edge has started a new Link Party called Throwback Thursday - looking back at those oldy but goody quilts.

Last summer I posted about my very first quilt. So I think I will start there again, and keep going. It will be fun to see if I can get pictures of some of my first quilts, as they are spread far and wide. A new challenge.

So, here is my very first quilt.... in all it's sashed glory!

I really don't know when the quilting bug bit me, it was just something always there. My mom and sisters are all sewers, but no quilters (that I know of) are in my family. I just wanted to make one. So I took myself to a class and the rest as they say is history. This quilt is the result of that class and perhaps is why I still have a love for HSTs!

The label on the back tells me that I was a tender 21 year old when I stitched this baby, and we have been using it ever since. It has been on every camping trip I can remember and has been a staple at our family camp forever!

It has some lovely wear happening now. I think it just adds to it's charm...

Yup - that is polyester batting in there...yikes! But you know what, that thing is light, warm and fluffy all at the same time, so I should not be ashamed:) The other funny fact about this quilt, the teacher never mentioned a thing called a rotary cutter. Every pieces was either "ripped' or cut with scissors. Not that this is a bad thing, but man am I glad I found Olfa!

This was Charlie's very first trip to camp and somehow he ended up on this quilt after an exhausting trip to the beach. This quilt seems to welcome everyone!

It's fun to look back at what we have made. For me, my choices and tastes have evolved over time. While I know that the colors in this quilt are likely never something I would chose again, I think I would still make the stars, but perhaps no sashing. Would that make this quilt Modern? Who knows. All I know is that I liked it then, that's why I made it, and I continue to create that way  now. If I like it, I make it!

Do you ever look back at your first quilt? Think about how you got there and where you are now? I would love to hear about it!

So now I am headed to link my first baby up with Jenn's Party!

Happy Throwback Thursday! (on a Friday)


  1. Wow! I can't believe you chose diamonds for your first quilt! I wouldn't even work on triangles for the longest time.:)

  2. It's nice that you are still using your first quilt.

  3. A much loved Quilt! Perfection!

  4. once again I find myself strangely attracted to this quilt... I would love to recreate it one day lol

  5. Love that you are using it - my first proper pieced quilt is well used too. I had a whole block seam come away from the sashing and not knowing any better I zigzagged it down all along the length of the seam - holds it together well though it doesn't exactly look neat!

  6. It's so fun to see how we evolve as quilters. Like me, your tastes in quilt projects have really changed. Thanks for sharing.