A New Year’s Day Reflection on My First “Quilt”


Do You See What I See? - my first quilt

Do You See What I See?

As one year ends and another year begins we tend to look over the past year to see what we’ve accomplished. This year I find myself looking back more than just one year to my early quilting days.  As we were getting out the Christmas decorations this year, I came across this wall hanging. I’m pretty sure this is my first attempt at “quilting”. Some people probably wonder why I would keep this disaster, much less hang it in my gallery.

It’s actually only a quilt in the sense that there are 2 layers of fabric with batting in between held together with thread. None of it is pieced. It’s nothing more than a panel that I bought from a large, well-known chain fabric store. I hadn’t taken any classes. I didn’t even know what “free-motion quilting” was, much less how to do it. I stitched on the lines as best as I could by machine and did some hand-stitching too. And the binding… well, I’ll just let you see for yourself…

My first binding...

My first binding… circa 1998


I think the words awful and disgraceful will suffice for my first attempt at binding. I’ve thought about replacing the binding, but really, after this many years, it’s kind of nice to see where I started. I share it with you to give new quilters hope and to give seasoned, veteran quilters a good laugh. It really is pitiful. But, the point is that I didn’t give up.

My binding in 2014




Now, more than 15 years later, I’ve learned to do binding both by machine and by hand. I really prefer to do hand work, if you are short on time, you can do it on the machine and still get great results. The binding in this photo was stitched on the back using a straight stitch and then stitched on the front using a serpentine stitch.

If you ever doubt that your quilting has improved, just take a look at your early work.

I’d like to wish you all a very Happy New Year! May you and your families be blessed with good health, much prosperity and happiness, and may you have plenty of time for quilting in 2015! Thanks for checking out my blog. Be sure to check back every Sunday for my weekly posts.

Things that make me smile:

  • Spending the holidays with family and friends
  • Teaching my mom quilting (She’s taught me so much in life, that’s it’s nice to be able to teach her for a change.)
  • Singing Christmas carols

Let’s go spread some sunshine!


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