My 1st Quilt no name!
by Trish DuBry
(Scituate, MA USA)
I folded up the corner to show the back fabric and the lace edging.
Hello! I had been looking for a quilt for myself with a somewhat specific design in mind, which I could never find. Anything close to what I wanted was a fortune and not even handmade. My mother had quilted for years, with many unfinished projects. She just enjoys the planning and making squares.
I was told I was starting too big for my first quilt. I have a queen size bed, but wanted it to touch the floor as a king-size would. That made me want to do it even more. So, I started collecting fabrics I liked that my mom and I both had around the house. I sat down and drew out what I wanted. I ordered a few fabrics to go with what I had, as well as some embellishments I liked. Along the way, I had questions and took to the internet for answers and ideas. That's how I found this site, which answered my prayers. If I had a doubt or a question, I came here to the forums and got my answers.
I didn’t follow a pattern. I did as my great-grandmothers did when they quilted, and followed where my heart and creativity took me. Not only that, but I used old blankets and drapes for the batting, which had multiple purposes. It was a huge quilt to purchase batting for, I wanted it to have weight to it, and we had all kinds of old blankets and drapes that needed a new purpose. The back fabric is made up of sheets that I patched together. I felt like it connected me to my great-grandmothers and all the other family before me. They made quilts out of scraps of fabric, old blankets, and anything they had around them. Most of it I sewed by hand and some I used the machine.
I did it! I am so proud, and I'm hooked on quilting, but especially patch-working. I now make all kinds of patchwork fabric that I use to make anything and everything aprons, bags, pillows, clothing you name it. I didn't even realize that this thread was here to share. I am so excited to share with all the other quilt lovers!