Tuesday, July 7, 2009

My First Quilt

Camille (from the blog I check practically every day, Simplify) is hosting a "Parade of Quilts" (and possibly doing a fun giveaway) so I had to join in. I can't believe I have never posted about this before! But, here it is: my first quilt I ever made. I call it "4 Corners" - kind of a lame name, but each block had red squares in each corner so when they all got together there were even bigger red squares. Anyways. This quilt is special to me because my grandma helped me with it (starting in '98/'99) and taught me the basics of quilting as we worked. I've been addicted ever since, although it actually took me a few years to complete it.

Only stripes, checks and plaids were allowed in this quilt.


So, this is the most recent quilt that I've finished:

I don't love it (I was just trying to use up scraps.) Anyways, we're suppose to say what we have learned along the way... Well, I have learned so much! Fun, time saving tricks, lessons about color and machine quilting, formulas for triangles...the list could go on and on. But, probably the most important thing I've learned is to be accurate when cutting and with my seam allowances. That would have saved me from so many headaches on my first quilt, if I would have been more accurate.

I'm excited for the Parade of Quilts. Great idea Camille and Carrie for coming up with it! For anyone who is interested in quilting, check out Camille or Carrie's blog on Monday for the list of links for all those who participated in the parade.

11 comments:

Carrie said...

Hi Amber! Both quilts are terrific ~ and I love that you made your first quilt with your grandmother!

I also enjoyed reading back a little way and seeing some of your Sewing Frenzy projects ~ everything is wonderful! (And I can see why Maya wants to wear those pants every day ~ they're awesome!)

I really love the pictures of your sewing room ~ I keep scraps in big biscotti jars too! But I am in serious covet-mode over a couple of other things in your sewing room! Can I ask you where you got the two jars on the top shelf of picture #5, and the cake stand plate in the bottom picture ~ the one with the fabric and honey bun on it. :)

b davis said...

I am in awe of all your talent. I think all of your quilts are fabulous! Still gasping over your last, that quilt is ginormous! :)

Camille said...

Love 'em both! You just started out on the right foot, didn't you? Grandma definitely taught you well. Thanks for joining in!

Jeanette said...

Yeah Amber!!! I"m glad that Camille commented and that you guys maybe will become friends. ;) I really like her. If ya ever need anything, I hope she can help ya out. I LOVE all your work. YOu really do have quite the nack for this stuff! Great job you little sewer. Who would've known!!!

Sew Create It - Jane said...

oooh I love that first quilt! So pretty! So wonderful that you have fond memories of making it.

Thelma said...

Amber,

What is the pattern name for the scrappy quilt you just finished? Thanks so much!

Sherri said...

I love both of them...they are just both stunning!

heather said...

Even if you don't love it, I think the second one is great.

amber johnson said...

Thelma, the second one is just a pattern that I made up. I saw something like it in a magazine and just figured it out on my own. I think the photo I saw in the magazine was of a Blackbird Design quilt.

lissa said...

Both quilts are wonderful. Thank you for sharing.
-modalissa

Treasuresofjoy said...

Your first quilt is amazing I wish I had a sewing granny.