Back to the Beginning- Recently, I have been asked a few times about my start in quilt making. It made me realise that not many of my early (and less early) quilts have ever appeared here in my "Studio". So I am starting a new series today, "Back to the Beginning". -
I first started quilting in 1995, and my very first finished item was a Monkey Wrench block that I turned into a cushion. Unfortunately I cannot show it here since it was used into oblivion around the time I started this blog.
What I can show you is my very, very first quilt. Immediately after the cushion I progressed to making a sampler I called "First Star" since many blocks in it have a star like appearance (and some of the fabrics have star prints):
While making this quilt I was taught how to draft blocks, colour different options, choose fabrics, make templates, prepare fabric, hand piece and hand appliqué, accurate sashing (technique described here), as well as layering the quilt sandwich and tacking (thread basting), hand quilt, and attaching the binding.
I had never seen a rotary cutter or ruler when I first started, and being in The Netherlands at the time, all measurements were metric...
There are six different blocks (24 x 24 cm):
|Gardener's Choice, a Dresden block with different points
|Log Cabin block
|Don Quichote block
|Tulip Garden block coloured to be more star-like than originally meant
|Finnigan's Wake block
All blocks were hand sewn, the sashings were attached by machine. The (continuous) binding was also attached by machine, and hand stitched to the back.
The whole quilt has been quilted by hand. I'm not sure if I could even quilt so finely these days!
|quilting on the Log Cabin block and sashing/border
|quilting on the Don Quichote block and sashing
By now, the quilt is more than 20 years old, and some fabrics have slightly faded. In most of the places I lived I have had it hanging somewhere (though never in the sun), and still today it has a place on the wall.
Over the years I have been tempted by several of the blocks and made plans to make a whole quilt of one block or another, but in reality it has never happened. Maybe one day...
I better get sewing, of course!
Linking up with Throwback Thursday at A Quarter Inch from the Edge