"Pat Sloan's FIRST first quilt"
So Just sit right back
And you'll hear a tale
A tale of a fateful quilt.
That started from a magazine,
In a tiny sewing room.
The mate was a mighty sewing woman,
The Skipper brave and sure,
Five thoughts passed through her mind that day,
For a three day quilt,
A three day quilt.
recognize the song?
First we must search the 'archives'... yes... there is VERY little light in the recesses of the storage/shipping room.
I was SURE it was here.. but I did find some other goodies!! There is a totally drafted BY ME, hand pieced, hand quilted small mariner's compass quilt in that stack!
checked here JUST incase
not here either... dang I DO NOT want to start opening boxes and trunks.... one more spot
I found it!!! I found it!!! I'm so GLAD I didn't have to open boxes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Now JUST FOR YOU, and because I think it still smells like a doggie.. I hauled it outside for a photo 'op' and 'Freshing up'.
So what year do YOU think I made this quilt... tick tock.. tick tock... times up!!! I made this in about 1979... MAYBE 1980. I made it for our first home.. let me ask Gregg what year we got that... hold on...ok.... 1980 it is!!!
Put on your seat-belt.. now the story REALLY starts!
To set the stage... I started sewing in Ms Orr's sewing class in either 9th or 10th grade (yes.. we MUST go back this far). I LOVED LOVED LOVEDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD to sew!!! I made HORRID clothing that never fit .. but I loved MAKING THEM!
Fast forward.. (yes.. I can see you are relieved)... First nobody in my family sewed... not my mom, not my grandmothers and NOT my GREAT Grandmothers.. really... nobody believes me but it's true! First adult I met who sewed (beside my teacher) was my future mother-in-law!
So anyway... I sewed clothing.. not good.. but I had to sew... really really REALLY had to sew. Sewed in college, sewed on my first job (machine in my room), sewed in our first apartment where I had the 2nd bedroom for my 'studio'.
then we bought our first house. Well.. now I could sew 'things' for the house!! And I decided to make a .. yep.. BEDSPREAD. Are you still with me? The ONLY quilts I'd seen were made by Gregg's grandmothers. They were utility type 'throws'. The same as my family had in yarn (afghans ... remember that one above?)
So I did not KNOW you put quilts on BEDS!!! A Bed had a BEDSPREAD!.
Now remember I made clothing.. that means using a pattern. So I went looking for a bedspread pattern and found a... drum roll...
a QUILT MAGAZINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So let's take a closer look at this lovely 'quilt'. I found 3 pieces of fabric .. you know they do match! I followed the pattern... NOBODY said ANYTHING about points MATCHING.... geezzz... this has influenced my quilt making ... if the points don't match I don't care!!!
And exactly HOW do the layers go together? Well mom-mom's quilts were tied with yarn.. so of course I did the same... I tied them about every 3 feet or so.. seemed like enough!! I didn't KNOW her quilts had BLANKETS inside... they didn't write THAT in the magazine pattern.
So let's take a closer look at the BIG BLUE THING in the middle of my love-er-ly 'quilt'. What the HECK IS THAT? Well when I got my FIRST EVER BABY...ummm... DOG .. he got to do whatever he dang well pleased... and he loved this quilt... loved it a lot... he loved a hole right in the center! I have ... at some point... done a few stitches to close up the GAPPING hole so no MORE batting falls out.. Nothing but the BEST for this quilt.
Some more evidence of how much Ted loved 'his' quilt.
But that's NOT ALL!! What would ANY EXPERT Seamtress in 1980 use for the BACK of her quilt? Well a SHEET of course! First of all it's big enough
And it has that cute little piping you can leave on for a nice accent!
Had enough? GOOD!!! And 'The Princesses of First Quilt Flashers' asked we show a CURRENT quilt... well I have a lot of quilts... so I thought I'd share this recent quilt.
This is 'One Fine Way' published in American Patchwork and Quilting. I LOVE their photo! See the full quilt plus LOTS Of my other quilts at my website! CLICK HERE
So has this INSPIRED you? To be honest it did NOT inspire me one little bit!!! I did NOT quilt again until about 1996 ... when my friend Gwen TOLD me I HAD to learn to quilt... that is my SECOND and THIRD first quilts.... I'll leave that one for another day.. or come see my lecture some time when I haul it out!
give me the link to YOUR First quilt in the comments... or just tell me about it.. I'm ALL ears!