The coming new year usually inspires forward-thinking, as we envision all we’ll stitching in 2018. But it’s also a good time to look back and remember where we came from.
So I asked Moda designers and staffers to share their first quilts. Settle in for some great quilts and even better stories.
I made my first quilt using my first fabric collection, Verna, back in 2009.
I had just begun to work with Moda and heard about these things called “Jelly Rolls”…and then actually received one in the mail from Moda. In trying to figure out what to make with it, I also learned about the Moda Bake Shop and found the pattern I ended up using called Sweet Menagerie by by Roslyn Mirrington. I still have the quilt and can see beyond all its imperfections to what it really was—the beginning of something wonderful.
My first quilt was made in 1982 in a sampler class at the local quilt shop in Amarillo, Texas. It is a king-size sampler, all done by hand and never quilted. It is basted and ready to quilt!
Kathy Skomp (Moda Rep)
I made this for my husband, Mark (who is also a Moda rep) around 15 years ago.
I taught myself pinwheels and designed the quilt myself (which consisted of pinwheel blocks and squares.) I did not have a clue how to do binding, so I just sewed on a homemade ruffle.
I knew how to make ruffles because I did those in some upholstery work I had done for years. But did not know how to make it go around the corners of my quilt and lay flat. I have made many other quilts for my husband since then but he still has this one on his chair in his office.
My first quilt was about 16 years ago. My mother was visiting California and since she is a quilter I thought it would be fun for us to take a class together. We took a class at The Quilter’s Studio on a quilt-as-you-go stripy quilt.
In preparing for the class I had solid fabrics and I wanted to mix in some simple patterns…and I didn’t have fabrics like what was in my mind. So I took some Sharpie pens and drew some motifs on my fabric!
I guess the desire to be a textile designer was already there! It was that weekend when I was looking at the beautiful fabrics in the shop that I wondered “who gets to design fabric and how can I do that?” and I started my research into textile design and surface design.
So my desire to design fabric has been tugging at me for awhile. The photos are of me, in my blonder days, with my quilt after finishing the class. This first quilt is still awaiting it’s binding though!
Not such a great picture…circa early 1990’s…but my very first quilt! And as a bonus, my grandmother who taught me to quilt is in the photo as is my oldest son for whom the quilt was made! (Also, the Sunbonnet Sue wall hanging in the background was made by my Grandmother. We always
teased her about her love of Sunbonnet Sue!
I had asked my grandmother to make my son a quilt for his bed, and she said, “No, but I will teach you how to quilt so you can make him one yourself.” We used the Eleanor Burns Quilt in a Day book for the Double Irish Chain, and the rest is history (although I made about a dozen quilts from this pattern in sizes from baby to twin before graduating to different designs)!
Jane Davidson (Quilt Jane) of Frany and Jane:
BUT…back in 2009, Camille—Thimbleblossoms—had this idea about sharing our first quilts. We invited others to join in—back in the pre-Instagram world when everybody was blogging—and we were surprised when over 100 quilters shared their first quilts.
Just for fun, here are the links to those posts –
Camille – The Quilt Parade – http://camilleroskelley.typepad.com/simplify/2009/07/the-quilt-parade.html
Carrie’s post – I love a parade… – http://www.lavieenrosie.com/2009/07/i-love-a-parade.html
Pat was part of those first quilt blog posts. You can read about her first quilt here: http://blog.patsloan.com/pats-first-first-quilt
And that’s it. Do you remember your first quilt? Do you still have it?