Friday, May 7, 2010

First Quilt

I made my first quilt while still in high school, then didn’t do much more until about twenty years ago. I did a few off and on through the years as friends had babies, but I really begin quilting twenty years ago when I opened my practice. It saved my sanity when the first weeks (and some since) were so slow, the phone didn’t seem to ring, etc.

I gave my first quilt to my best friend from high school Blyson’s daughter Amanda years ago. Amanda is graduating from high school this spring. I “hounded” Blyson into sending photos of the quilt to me.

My first quilt was made using some cottons and some cotton blends. It used some scraps left over from some clothes I had made and worn. The bee fabric was a shirt. The ginghams were used to make a blouse. The pastels had made up a block color dress along with the one of some printed fabric. The dress had dolman sleeves.

Blyson’s email states the quilt measures 42 in X 104 in, but that doesn’t compute with me. I remember the quilt being square (as I was and am) and the photo looks like it was square. It appears to measure 19 blocks horizontally and vertically. Each block (I think) is 2.5 in which means the finished quilt is 47.5 in.

I made the quilt in 1974 at age 16. Each block was cut out by hand. These days I use a rotary cutter. Don’t know if I machine pieced it or not, but I do know I did not bind it. I “finished” the edges by literally sewing the three layers together around the edges, leaving a section open to turn it. I then hand closed the section and “top-stitched” around the edges. I “tied” the corners of each square. The things I have learned since then!

I embroidered names of classmates with nicknames on the pastel squares, as well as favorite classes/activities. This one features the mechanical drawing class I took with my friend Pam (who is now a favorite teacher of English at Vilonia). The two of us sat in the back of Mr. Park’s 10th grade geometry class, the only two taking mechanical drawing.

This one features chemistry also taught by Mr. Park. Our school was so small that to have enough students, the class included both junior and senior students. This was also the case with physics. As a result I and many of my classmates feel close to the class above us (1974) and the one behind us (1976).

This one features basketball. I loved being on the basketball team. I was mostly a bench warmer, but I loved it. I even now will occasionally get out in my backyard and shoot baskets. Such great memories.

12 comments:

Jabulani said...

See, you were talented way back then! I remember doing some patchwork something-or-other when I was in school. I now cannot recall what it was which is, perhaps, a shame. I do, however, remember that I hand-patchworked a cushion using the mushroom shape for my sister-in-law about 15 years ago. (I will never again use that shape!!) As far as I know, she doesn't have the cushion anymore. And I didn't make a quilt until after you'd inspired me to do so, and I made my niece's a year ago. I'm planning to start my son's soon, now that I've gathered all the fabrics he wants. So thank you. :)

Gizabeth Shyder said...

Fabulous post. A great Ramona fix. Love to see the history behind the talent. You really were born to sew!

Margaret Polaneczky, MD (aka TBTAM) said...

I love this post and this quilt! Actually, I like this the best of all the quilts you've posted. It is beautiful!!

SeaSpray said...

Oh my GOSH ..what an AWESOME QUILT and idea! I love the person touch with the names, classes, etc. and what a labor of love. Ramona ..I'd be hard pressed to pick a favorite quilt ..barring the baby's of course :) ..but this is definitely one of them. What a magnificent keepsake!!

Thank you for sharing.

I wanted to let you know I am thinking of you on this mother's day and may you have a blessed weekend... even tho I know you miss your mom too.

Sandra said...

What a great time capsule- Please tell me there is a label on the back with your name and where it was made and when? If not write it on muslin and send it to the owner--maybe she can sew it on, if not she can safety pin. But don't let that information get lost from it.
Sandra Starley
AQS Certified Quilt Appraiser-Utah

come see my 1890 pink blazing star
http://utahquiltappraiser.blogspot.com

and my 1890 antique cheddar star with its reproduction
http://starleyquilts.blogspot.com

Janet said...

Amazing the projects we take on as beginning quilters isn't it? This looks like you put a lot of time and stitches in. Very nice!

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

What a sweet quilt! And such a treasure.

Carol said...

What a great story and memory quilt.

Angie Padilla said...

I see lots of us have similar stories... "dabbled" with quilting while in our teens, but then it took a couple of decades to really catch the bug. It is great that you have a photo of this quilt... you can tell there was talent there in the works!

Karen said...

That is one charming heirloom quilt. Thanks for sharing.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

What a very sweet quilt. I read your post before, but I was not sure if I had commented. Lovely post.

Sarah said...

what a special quilt!