sew & tell: my first quilt

About two weeks ago...give or take a few days, I finished hand stitching the binding on my very first quilt. I guess having that first "done" makes me, officially, a quilter.

first quilt 1

This quilt took it's time arriving at completion. That whole sometimes it's the journey...blah blah blah. I initially bought the fabric to make a quilt for my guest room (more back story here). I thought I'd whip up a pretty basic patchwork and just get. it. done.

But this little piece of lovely had other plans. I found instead of rushing about and doing things to get. it. done, I really enjoyed taking my time, fiddling with the fabric, piecing quarters out on the living room floor and just looking at them for a few days to make sure I didn't want to swap here or switch there.

I spent a weekend's worth of afternoons pinning and tying the knots. It was quite therapeutic and mindless enough that I could watch a couple netflix movies with the hubs while he fiddled with a wood project on the other side of the room.

first quilt collage 1

Binding took another week, but I could feel that this project of mine was wrapping up. I really enjoyed hand stitching the binding. I could sit on the sofa with half of the quilt draped over napping husband while I worked on the other half. The last stitches were excitedly completed because I wanted to see it finished. And at the same time, kind of sad that these were the final stitches. (Quilters - how do you give away quilts? I'm sure I'll find it easier as I make more, but golly, I got attached...). 

Now that it's done, I have enjoyed several naps under this quilt. Many a TV show. And, despite the southwest summer heat, switched out our comforter and put it on our bed for a few nights.

first quilt collage 2

This post is linked to The Handmade Parade at There and Back.

8 comments:

  1. I feel the same way - I do get very attached... That's why I only make quilts for friends and family that can appreciate how much work has went into it. I think about them as I make it and the thought of it being used by them makes me happy.

    This quilt turned out beautiful! Great Job!! :)

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  2. LOVE!! Oh what a fantastic photo too!
    Congratulations!!

    Monika
    sewing in Saskatoon

    found you via Handmade Parade

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  3. Oh that's beautiful, and your photography is lovely!

    Thank you for linking up to The Handmade Parade!

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  4. Congrats on your first finish

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  5. This is so gorgeous. I'm so excited for you! Where did you take these pics?

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  6. What a great job you've done on this. I think that the ability to give away quilts increases as the stack of quilts gets higher.... but I'm not really sure. I miss the ones I've given away and no matter how I tell myself I will make another one someday, I never manage to repeat and keep.

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  7. It's beautiful !

    When I start a new quilt (and I've made a few) I need to know that I'll either sell it give it away otherwise because I get too attached.. If I know I'll keep it, it's ok ! But the first is very special :)

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