My friend Jenn @A Quarter Inch From the Edge is launching a new monthly link up party today called Throwback Thursday.
Have you been quilting longer than you’ve been blogging? What about all those quilts that have never seen the light of day in the blogosphere? Just think of them, people. The good, the bad, the ugly. You know they’re hanging around your house (or your family’s houses!). Wouldn’t it be great to get them out, take a fresh pic (or seventeen) and blog about them?
Share what you learned from making it… even if there are (gasp!) a few mistakes.Talk up that special recipient who’s loved it to bits. Whatever strikes your fancy!
Luckily, I just stumbled upon one of my early quilts this past May and have yet to share about it!
I made this rainbow twin sized quilt when I was in college to take with me when I went on co-op. As an engineering student, I chose to get a job and work every other semester as part of a university sponsored program. Engineering is a pretty broad discipline, and getting 18 months of work experience, money to help pay for college, and an understanding of what to expect when I got into the workforce after graduation sounded like an opportunity I couldn’t really afford to pass up. At that point I had made a full size quilt that I used when I was at school living off campus, but I knew I was going to need a quilt when I traveled to work. At the same point in time my parents gifted me my first sewing machine for Christmas, and out of necessity I quickly sewed together this rainbow quilt from fabric my mother had in her stash.
Because I was new to quilting and still did not realize I could free motion quilt on my own (I had been paying to have all my quilts done by someone with a long arm), I chose to tie this quilt and I folded the black backing fabric around from the back to “bind” it. After I graduated from college, I gifted this quilt to my brother and it has since found its way back to living with my parents.
I was definitely making up the pattern as I went along (isn’t the center pattern fun and funky?!), but it worked really well for what I needed and when I needed to have it done!
I did not think to take measurements of the quilt, but my 6’2″ tall husband is stretched out as tall as his arms will reach, so I am guessing that this quilt is roughly 70 inches wide by 80 inches long.
Linking up to Throwback Thursday!