Thursday, July 30, 2015

Quilting Throwback Thursday

This post was first published in late July of 2015, but I am linking it up now (8/4/2016) to Throwback Thursday at A Quarter Inch from the Edge.


It's time for the quilting version of Throwback Thursday over at Krista Quilts. Last Thursday Krista showed photos of one of her early quilt projects, and I suggested she host a linky party each week for Throwback Thursday. I'm so glad she decided to go ahead with the idea. I am looking forward to sharing photos and stories of early quilt projects.

It seemed like the place to start should be my first quilt. In 1994 I made a patchwork Christmas tree skirt for my mother. I had no prior quilting experience and made up my own pattern for the tree skirt. It's far from perfect, but I enjoyed the experience. 

After that, my sister Karen (who had been quilting for several years) suggested that we make a quilt together for our brother's wedding. One weekend in April, 1995, I met her at her house where she had picked out a few possible patterns. We decided to go with the Double Irish Chain, using Eleanor Burns' Quilt in a Day book as our guide. That same day we shopped for fabric, washed and dried it, then started cutting and piecing. Here is our first block.

How about those 90's fabrics? Actually, I still love the light background print. We kept working the rest of that Saturday and all day Sunday. By the end of Sunday we had the entire center of the quilt together. To tell the truth, I can't remember if we got the borders pieced and stitched on that weekend or not. It's possible that we got together another weekend to finish up.

We pieced the border of squares on point seminole style. It didn't turn out quite the right size, so we just trimmed it off at the length needed.

This was my first quilt experience, and I was immediately hooked! It has been a wonderful 20-year journey, and I am looking forward to sharing early, pre-blog projects on upcoming Thursdays.

Check out other Throwback Thursday quilt posts at Krista Quilts. Even better, add your own Throwback Thursday quilting post to the link-up.

Julie in GA


  1. What a fun story. My first quilt was a Double Irish Chain made in a county extension class more years ago than I want to claim.

  2. Throwback Thursday sounds like fun. My first quilt was way way back. I was in high school..umm about 30 years ago. Not sure what happened to it, I used it with all three of my kids when they were babies. I really didn't start my quilting adventure until I was in my late 20's, and I designed all my patterns because quilting wasn't as it is today.

  3. I love your quilts. How wonderful that your sister also quilts and you could collaborate on that gift for your brother. Thanks for dropping by for Throwback Thursday!

  4. I'm glad you found Jenn's TBT linky party at A Quarter Inch from the Edge. These types of links seem to come and go. I used to post on another that's no longer around. I like the idea of just lobbing off that border wherever needed. It's exactly what our quilting ancestors would have done.

  5. Those 90s fabrics don't look too bad to me. At least it has more contrast than my Double Irish Chain. :) Thanks for linking up with Throwback Thursday @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge!


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