She also taught me how to hand-piece the block she had learned. And so I made my own out of some lovely powder blue and dusty pink fabric. Then I tried a new version out of blue. Why am I showing the backs?? I guess to prove that I really did it.
So then, being the ever stuck-in-a-rut person I tend to be sometimes, I did it in pink. After making the pink version my mom decided we should make a whole quilt out of that block. So we did. Or rather, she did most of it. (And I think by this time we started machine piecing too.) It took a while, but it happened. And then this quilt lived on my bed all through my teenage years.
So I can't technically claim that this was the first quilt I made all by myself, but it was definitely the first quilt I designed and was a part of.
And again I laugh that there are only about 4 or 5 fabrics in this quilt. The back is just plain muslin. So it's not the most exciting quilt, but I'm hanging on to it for all the sentimental value. And for when dusty rose becomes vintage chic again someday. (And you know it will. 10 years ago would we have ever believe that avocado green would be hot again? We're such slaves to color trends.)
This little doll quilt (complete with recent stain) was another first quilt where I learned to strip-piece. I made this one at a church youth group as a teenager. Now my girls use it for their American Girl doll bed spread.
And here is a sneak peak at my latest finish. I still need to wash it and take better pictures, so keep your eyes peeled.I am literally on the last stitches of the binding. I've been at this one a while now because I waited to find the right binding. It's not exactly what I had in mind, but it's close.
To see other first and latest projects, check out the links at Camille and Carrie's blogs.