Heading into the archives today…
This is my first “official” quilt. Technically the first one was a 9-square patchwork concoction of blue flannels, oxford cloth, and a few cowboy prints thrown in (alert: cowboy prints will be part of an upcoming quilt too). I tied it with yarn, turned the edges under, and made my then-boyfriend-now-husband a quilt for his dorm. All things considered, the cowboy quilt is a little embarrassing, but we still love that thing for its warmth.
This, however, is the first quilt I made after a 20-year gap.
It started impulsively with a “Hunky Dory” Moda charm pack, then another, until I figured out finally that I would need nine total charm packs to get the size I needed. Eventually I overanalyzed the process and bought additional Hunky Dory fabric for both the backing and the binding.
This is the first quilt I took to be machine quilted, and I was thrilled with the results. It would have been great to have hand quilted it, but such a thought overwhelmed me. And I knew it would languish for a long, long time if I hand quilted it.
I thought it would be a long time before I did another quilt, but I’m already on to quilts 5, 6, and 7 —- all in various stages of completion. I find I rather like quilting now.
P.S. that’s my dog who passed too soon a year ago. We still miss her.