First Quilt, 1996,, a photo by Swedish Scrapper | Liz Tillstrom on Flickr.
This summer I took this quilt out of the trunk to take a good look at it. I started making it a few months before I was pregnant for the first time. As the pregnancy wore on, and a beautiful boy came into our lives, I shelved it for other duties. Now I'd like to finish it.
I sewed all of it by hand back then, and my cutting left something to be desired. No matter, I just cut out a new piece to fit in next to the too-short one. It's upside down, but the flowers almost line up! I'm pretty sure I started it with no iron, and I know I had no sewing machine.
Another no-no, Ink directly on the fabric! But look at the nice and careful seam lines I drew in. I guess those stitches from a younger me weren't too bad either....
I'm trying to figure out where I was back then, with this first quilt. What was I thinking? I'm sure I started with a loose medallion styled design, as I was working from the center. I used fabrics that I schlepped (släppte, in Swedish!) to Sweden in my suitcase, my only prized possessions besides some books and photos I crushed in with my clothing. It was a new life, a new country, and I was newly married. Some of the fabric was from clothing I had made, and some was from pillows I made as gifts. The other was given me from my mother's stash, which she always generously has shared.
I can see where I was going with all the flashes of red and raspberry, the path-like design of the sashing, the fabric variety, the scrappiness overall. I think of myself now as a new quilter, but I had it started way back then.
How to continue with a piece like this? Shall I finish it by hand too? Shall I try to find older fabrics for those last 4 corner blocks and the binding? Match as best I can with newer fabrics and sew it strong by machine?
I know one thing. It has sat inside my trunk for Far too long, and although I don't want to rush its finishing, I want to make and use it, and bring it out into the family where it belongs. So I started it as a bed quilt.... now I am willing to make it into a lap quilt, and reinforce it enough that it will withstand a family full of love and tumble, like good quilts should!