Wednesday, May 22, 2019

My First "Real" Quilt

I made a few quilts before taking a class and buying supplies, they mostly consisted of squares and 5/8 seams. My SIL was in Sisters and asked if I'd like to take a beginners class, so we did!
This was in 1993 and Jean Wells was teaching this particular class. I feel so fortunate to have learned from her! She walked us through how to use the basic tools and how to choose fabrics to make quilts that reflect you and what you like. 
My "focus" print was the floral and even back than I like the old fashioned look!

She would show us the blocks and how to assemble them and then we'd go home and our homework would be those blocks. I think it was a 6 or 8 week class. We drove every week during the Central Oregon winters!!


I wasn't able to figure out what the heck I did on the edge. It looks similar to a knife edge, but I know I didn't sew it together on that center portion.


I think I had a small green, wider floral, small green and wider floral, but apparently that wasn't working, so I have this huge seam in the back.

I machine quilted it too! Pretty brave for my first quilt!

It was fun to revisit this one!


We have a local place that delivers organic  produce boxes to my door! This is what I rec'd this week. You can swap out some items and I usually do. I'd rather have more veggies, than fruit. Do any of you have this option near you?


20 comments:

  1. Wow! I don't have my first quilt anymore. I think the oldest one I have is a 1986 I made for my son. I'll have to dig it out and share it (maybe!). We have what we call "farm share" here too. It really helps support local farmers too. Good for you! I don't do it because we have a farmer's market year round on Saturday mornings so I support them that way and get great produce.

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  2. I love those colors! My first quilt lives on our bed- I've only been at this for about 10 years. We also have a farmer's market and I started getting fruit boxes weekly last summer through a CSA. Which I pick up at the Farmers' Market! Best of both worlds.

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  3. You're back from your hiking. Nice Sampler. 1993 is around the time I made my 1st Sampler. My 1st Quilt was made in the 1970's.

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  4. Wow on your first quilt! My first was scary! It took me 10 years to finish. I love that you did the class with your sil.

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  5. lori tu primera colcha es fabulosa.
    Tenemos en EspaƱa mercados semanales, me gusta comprar en ellos.
    A mi casa llegan en la temporada las cajas de naranjas, directamente del agricultor,
    Saludos

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  6. WOW! You were obviously destined to be an awesome quilter. That's fantastic for a first one.
    I think one of the first ones I made was a baby quilt I gave away but didn't realize I didn't to quilt it so I just gave her the top with batting and backing, and binding. I'm sure she's gotten rid of that pile of batting!
    Love the fresh veggies!

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  7. We have a share in a CSA-community supported agriculture. We do go pick it up. With 175 shares sold, there is no way our farmers could deliver to everyone. LOVE the fresh food.

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  8. Yes, we order boxes through Acme Farms. They are fantastic. They have local, meat, seafood, eggs, etc. too. And provide healthy recipes. Lately, we've been ordering the Whole 30 box. https://www.acmefarmsandkitchen.com/

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  9. Pretty nice first real quilt! The veggies look yummy :0)

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  10. Your first "real" quilt was quite ambitious.
    Though I made my first quilt in middle school, I don't know that it counts as "real". I painted blocks with Artex fabric paints in my 4-H group and my Mom helped me sash them and put them together. We hand quilted it together, too. I still have that quilt in a drawer somewhere. It must be about 50 years old now.

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  11. What a great job you did on your very first quilt! Pretty for sure. I wish we had a place to deliver organic food. That is a wonderful encouragement to eat healthy.

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  12. Your quilt is really good! wow
    i have a couple of box services but they cost a fortune and fill up fast. :(

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  13. Wow, that is an awesome quilt for a first time! I made my first one in the mid to late 60's and since there were no quilt shops or classes or internet, I designed it myself and used scraps from making clothing. I'm sure my seams were a lot bigger then, as I was used to sewing my own clothes. Not knowing any better, I think I used an old blanket for batting, and tied it as I did with many of my earlier quilts. No rotary cutter, cutting boards or special rulers - just cardboard, pencil and scissors. But I was so proud of myself!

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  14. Still have my first quilt (top); vintage 1965. Your pictures of Zion and Bryce brought back memories of an impromptu family reunion many years ago -- such fun. We love our fresh organic veggie deliveries and also pick more veggies than fruit.

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  15. Your first quilting class was from THE Jean Wells? Wow. That’s really starting off on the right foot!
    I know you’re not the most fond of sampler quilts now, but you made a really nice one first thing!

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  16. So fun to see your first quilt. It's beautifully pieced.

    I'd love to get a box of veggies like that! Ill look again online. When I found the farm coop ones the box had to be picked up almost 100 miles away. Not economical esp when my local grocery sells local organic veggies when in season. They deliver too, but I like to go in person. But I d love the box on my doorstep.

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  17. I took two classes from Jean Wells when she taught at a retreat here in Florida. That was in the 1990's sometime. I never finished the class sample but I did enjoy her teaching style.

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  18. My first real quilt (not tied) was begun in 1990 and finished 10 years later. Mom in law wanted it, so I gave it to her, it now resides on our nephews guest bed where I saw it a couple months ago. It is a sampler, with half pieced blocks, and half of them applique, the old fashioned way, not glued down! I got the fabrics from the remnants at the JoAnn fabrics store where I was working at that time. Blue and pink prints that blend together nicely.

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  19. Great first real quilt and I'm sure a great teacher too! Mine is a baby quilt, 1992, and my grandma was my teacher, the best! My advice to new quilters is to keep a simple journal of their quilts - because we just forget them over time, and tend to get involved in so many miscellaneous quilting projects - I loved having a farm share subscription years ago but haven't done that in a long time. Here is Tokyo produce is beautiful and seasonal. I haven't found a proper farmers market though.

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