Let me tell you a story.
Once upon a time, there was a girl who loved to make things and do puzzles of all kinds.
So she decided to learn to quilt.
(I never said it was a long story.)
Anyway, back in 2011, I’d been a casual sewist for a long time, and my mother had been quilting pretty much non-stop for well over a decade. She’d been asking me to learn for a while, so when I finally found myself in a position where I had the time, she suggested I take a class at a quilt shop.
I packed up my cheap-o sewing machine that I’d bought at the PX years before, and went to The Village Quilter in Mount Holly, NJ.
We used the Beginning Quilting by Machine curriculum by Debbie Welch, which offers a pattern that includes Nine Patch blocks, Monkey Wrench blocks, and two borders. I chose to make a baby quilt. We learned tips on selecting fabric, cutting, pressing, quarter-inch seams, all the basics! But the most valuable lesson that I learned from my esteemed teacher, Sue, was:
And here’s what happened:
I gave the quilt to a new baby on my family’s farm.
And then I kept quilting, and quilting, and quilting, and I plan to keep on quilting for as long as I’m able.
And that’s the story of my first patchwork quilt.
It’s been almost six years, and I’ve shown no signs of losing interest.
Tell me about your first quilt!