First and Last Quilts

 

I’ve been quilting for 25 years, and sometimes it’s good to take a look back and see my quilting progress over the years.

 

Here’s my very first quilt:

 

First Quilt - First and Last Quilts

 

This was a Block of the Month that some quilting friends were working on, and they convinced me that I could make it too.  It is simple fused applique with very little quilting.  The border and binding are absolutely horrible!  Yet, I hang up this wall hanging every Thanksgiving to remind me of how far I’ve come with my quilting skills.

 

Here is my most recent competition quilt:

 

Last Quilt - First and Last Quilts

 

This is my original design, based on Lemoyne Stars and using gradated Nuance fabric from SewBatik.  When quilters ask me how long it took me to make the quilt, I tell them about 22 years.  That’s how much experience I needed to create my own design and execute it.

I like to tell my students my favorite line from a Chinese fortune cookie:  “The expert at anything was once a beginner.”  We all have to start somewhere, and we learn along the way.

 

First and Last Quilts

 

So, show me your First and Last Quilts, and tell me about your progress!

 

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