sew & tell: my first quilt

About two weeks ago...give or take a few days, I finished hand stitching the binding on my very first quilt. I guess having that first "done" makes me, officially, a quilter.

first quilt 1

This quilt took it's time arriving at completion. That whole sometimes it's the journey...blah blah blah. I initially bought the fabric to make a quilt for my guest room (more back story here). I thought I'd whip up a pretty basic patchwork and just get. it. done.

But this little piece of lovely had other plans. I found instead of rushing about and doing things to get. it. done, I really enjoyed taking my time, fiddling with the fabric, piecing quarters out on the living room floor and just looking at them for a few days to make sure I didn't want to swap here or switch there.

I spent a weekend's worth of afternoons pinning and tying the knots. It was quite therapeutic and mindless enough that I could watch a couple netflix movies with the hubs while he fiddled with a wood project on the other side of the room.

first quilt collage 1

Binding took another week, but I could feel that this project of mine was wrapping up. I really enjoyed hand stitching the binding. I could sit on the sofa with half of the quilt draped over napping husband while I worked on the other half. The last stitches were excitedly completed because I wanted to see it finished. And at the same time, kind of sad that these were the final stitches. (Quilters - how do you give away quilts? I'm sure I'll find it easier as I make more, but golly, I got attached...). 

Now that it's done, I have enjoyed several naps under this quilt. Many a TV show. And, despite the southwest summer heat, switched out our comforter and put it on our bed for a few nights.

first quilt collage 2

This post is linked to The Handmade Parade at There and Back.


  1. I feel the same way - I do get very attached... That's why I only make quilts for friends and family that can appreciate how much work has went into it. I think about them as I make it and the thought of it being used by them makes me happy.

    This quilt turned out beautiful! Great Job!! :)

  2. LOVE!! Oh what a fantastic photo too!

    sewing in Saskatoon

    found you via Handmade Parade

  3. Oh that's beautiful, and your photography is lovely!

    Thank you for linking up to The Handmade Parade!

  4. Congrats on your first finish

  5. This is so gorgeous. I'm so excited for you! Where did you take these pics?

  6. What a great job you've done on this. I think that the ability to give away quilts increases as the stack of quilts gets higher.... but I'm not really sure. I miss the ones I've given away and no matter how I tell myself I will make another one someday, I never manage to repeat and keep.

  7. It's beautiful !

    When I start a new quilt (and I've made a few) I need to know that I'll either sell it give it away otherwise because I get too attached.. If I know I'll keep it, it's ok ! But the first is very special :)


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