Getting Started

Quilting started for me when I was pregnant with my first child over 30 years ago. I wish I could say I have been quilting the entire time over the past 30 years, but the stresses and busyness of life took over and other than special quilts from time to time I did little sewing.

I wanted to make something special for the baby I was expecting when I found a quilt kit. I knew how to sew as I had been making my clothes for over a decade but quilting had different rules. I do remember sewing a ⅝ inch seam, thinking the directions in the kit were incorrect. Once I started piecing and things didn’t come together as they were supposed to, I decided I would pay attention to the directions. Silly me. Applique was also new to me and when I look closely at my work, I can tell I really didn’t know what I was doing.

Finished it is 26×30. It may have a lot of flaws, but I am proud of it. Everyone needs to start somewhere.

The quilt was a promise at a time when I was told I would never be able to have children. While I was too busy for many things in the coming years, including quilting, I was able to raise and watch my children grow.

Now that they are grown with children of their own, and I am in a new season of life, one that includes quilting.

When did you start quilting?

Enjoy the Journey!   Jackie

  • I think this is a very charming little quilt. Thanks for sharing!

  • landscapelady

    How precious! Do you still have it or is this an old photo. Kind of funny about the 5/8 inch seam. Now it’s hard NOT to do a 1/4 inch seam we’re so used to doing it. Thanks for sharing:-)

    • Thank you. I still have it. My son is letting me hang it in my sewing studio. I didn’t take pictures much back then. Actually blogging has made me pick up a camera and use it. Otherwise I wouldn’t much.

  • Tami In Denver

    Love it. You should be proud – a perfect first quilt. Thank you for sharing. Tami In Denver

  • Quiltin’ Jenny

    Love love love your story and so glad you linked up. Feel free to grab the code and add the button to your post and/or your sidebar. I can’t wait to see more!