My first pieced quilt

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I realized recently that I don’t have a digital picture of the first quilt I pieced. So I took one.

I made this the year I graduated from high school, 1996. I bought a book about strip quilting and bought the ruler, mat, and rotary blade. I had fun picking out the fabric. I remember being surprised at how much it cost (it doesn’t surprise me now). The design is a variation on the “trip around the world” pattern. I’d seen something about dimensional borders, I believe on Sewing with Nancy. So I sewed in a tiny blue flap of a border. I finished it with lace around the edge because I love eyelet lace, and flipped it.

Then we put it up on frames in the living room and my mom and I hand quilted it while watching the Atlanta Olympics. Neither of us had really hand quilted before. I used two colors of thread, blue thread around the blue squares and white thread around the white squares. I did one color and she did the other. My dad told me that I shouldn’t tie it because pieced quilts needed to be quilted, if I was putting that much work into the piecing, I needed to make the finished project look good too.

I named the quilt Rufus, because I thought that was a funny name. It’s a twin sized quilt and was on my bed all through college and even after I bought my queen sized bed. Then I put it on sideways and put pillows all at the top of my bed so you couldn’t tell the quilt wasn’t the size of the bed.

One shared thought about My first pieced quilt

  1. mama G says:

    I’ve always loved that quilt. I just spent a few weeks sleeping under the blue and yellow one you made for Anjuli. You do good work. :love:


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