I began my first quilt in 1965 when I was 13 years old. I used a pattern called Roman Stripe, which I found in an old Quilts booklet of my mother's, copyright 1942 by The Spool Cotton Company. I cut the one pattern piece (1-1/2" x 3-1/2") out of sandpaper and replaced it as it got worn. I pinned the sandpaper pattern onto my fabric and cut out each piece with scissors. I pieced the quilt together on my mother's Featherweight, which she had taught me to use when I was eight years old. I used leftover fabric from clothes that my mother and I had made for me - lace, cotton, corduroy, polyester doubleknit, gingham, you name it! I didn't finish the quilt until after I married in 1973. I used a sheet for the backing and just tied it. I don't have the quilt anymore, but my mom just recently gave me the old Quilts booklet containing my pattern, along with patterns for twelve other quilts.
Our author this month, Jennifer Chiaverini, is also a quilter. In her book Elm Creek Quilts: Quilt Projects Inspired by the Elm Creek Quilts Novels, she tells how she first began quilting. She was marrying Martin Chiaverini in June of 1994. She writes, "In the midst of the plans and preparations, I found myself longing for a beautiful heirloom quilt to commemorate the occasion and brighten up the apartment we would soon share. Unfortunately, I had no friends or relatives who quilted and could be counted on to make us a quilt for a wedding gift, nor did our tight budget allow for us to purchase one. Before long, it became obvious that if I wanted a beautiful heirloom wedding quilt, I would have to make it myself.
"At that time, State College did not have a quilt shop, so I bought an instruction book and fabric from a discount store and taught myself to quilt. My first project was a simple nine-block sampler wallhanging, not the elaborate king-size bed quilt I had envisioned, but I was so pleased with it that I wanted to begin a new project immediately." You can see a photo of her first quilt here: http://elmcreek.net/gallery/quilts/my-first-quilt
Now it's your turn. Tell us about the first quilt you ever made. What pattern did you use? How big was your quilt? Did you teach yourself from a book like Jennifer did? Did you learn from your mom like I did? Did you take a class? Inquiring minds what to know! Please answer in the comments section below.
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