Beginnings ...

Sunday, April 21, 2013

I haven't blogged in a while, but with spring here, it feels like a good time for a new beginning. 

While looking through some photos, I ran across a picture of my first quilt ever. It's horribly ugly and probably not even close to being square. But my husband claims it's his favorite quilt, maybe because it has a thin batting and a high thread count muslin backing that feels like an expensive sheet, nice and cool.

Okay, so here's the quilt. Don't laugh too hard. I warned you. It is ugly.

See! LOL

The pattern is a rail fence, pieced on my then beloved 6122 Pfaff Satin and Jeans model with IDT. That machine could really sew some crazy weird fabrics. I remember making a 1920s flappers dress for my daughter one Halloween. The fabric was slick and chock-full of sequins, and my first sewing machine from Sears that Santa brought me when I was about 10 just couldn't handle the fabric. So my wonderful husband took me to the vacuum and sewing machine store in town and let me pick out a new sewing machine. I chose the Pfaff 6122 for its IDT feature, and it never failed to sew like a dream. The quilt above was "quilted" on my Pfaff, too, using an embroidery-type decorating stitch. 

If I were to guess, I'd say I finished this quilt about 10 years ago. It took me at least a year to complete! It has held up in the wash very well, and let me tell you, it has been washed A LOT. We each have our favorite quilts and this is my husband's. It goes with us on every trip we take!

Sadly, I don't sew on the Pfaff 6122 any longer. But that's another story.

Do you remember your first quilt? Or your first sewing experience?


  1. Bonnie, I had to pop over from the APQS forums and check out your blog. For a newbie like me, it's great to see a pro like you post a FIRST! :) I don't think it's ugly at all, and actually it makes me a bit mushy and sentimental because my first quilt was a rail fence! Yours was constructed much better than mine though. Your quilting and blog are inspiring, and blogging is so rewarding. I'm glad to see you posting here!

  2. Thank you for the nice comments, Valerie! I sent you a private email :)


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