Weekend Update – How did you start Quilting?

Posted by on August 16, 2013 in Linky Party | 2 comments

MyFirstQuiltThis sad little specimen is my first ever finished quilt. The Snail’s Trail blocks are 4 inches square, the whole quilt is only 12 inches.

A woman I had met through a mutual friend was teaching a paper foundation class and I decided to check it out.  The little quilt is made from two cotton shirts, one blue and one gray, and some white-on-white fabric  for the inner border that a fellow classmate gave to me. The teacher and I became friends and I spent many saturday afternoons in her studio as I began my quilting adventure.

It wasn’t the first time I’d tried quilting, but this time it stuck. Besides my new quilting friend, I connected with quilters online and quickly started joining fabric and quilt block swaps.   I makes me smile when I encounter some of those early fabrics  … though I confess I cringe a little about some of those blocks that still haven’t been made into quilts.

The topic for this weekend is your quilter’s origin story:  How did you learn to quilt and become a quilter?





  1. And how long ago was this? You do such super beautiful work I am wondering how long it might take me … if I ever will get half as good.

    • I think I made the little paper pieced quilt 11 or 12 years ago. As I was discovering online fabric swaps, I was sad that I had “just” missed out on all those quilters who were swapping fabrics for a “millennium” quilt from 2,000 unique fabrics.

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