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Monday, August 18, 2014

A New Quilter Is Born

You are looking at a photo of the very first quilt my youngest daughter, Madeline,  made this past month.  I'm so very happy for her and proud that she, all by herself, pieced and quilted this quilt.  As many of you may recall your very first quilt, it can be daunting to just figure out how to thread the machine much less how to piece fabrics so they actually will fit together when you are finished piecing.   She is so excited and pleased with herself and you know I'm tickled pink. 

I had given Madeline what I thought was a very good used sewing machine.  She didn't begin using it until June and July of this year and she became frustrated with the machine.  Instead of having it looked at, she went and bought a new machine (Exactly what I would have done and what I did when I was in her shoes 20 years ago.  Madeline lives in FL I couldn't just drive over and bring her my machine).  She had a mission and there was no stopping her.

The funniest part is that she told me when she was finished quilting it she noticed she had sewn one of the blocks on upside down.  To avoid photographing the "mistake" she just flipped the edge of the quilt up so as to show off the backing.  With great confidence I told her that it is not at all uncommon to sew blocks on upside down, forget blocks, mess things up and put them away for years etc.   She finished it...that is the best and greatest part of quilting.

Ok, so there was more humor involved....but I think it was just because of the way I think.  I had given Madeline all the notions and some pre-cut fabric for Christmas.  She had never had to purchase anything for sewing or she inquires as to the cost of paying someone to do the long arm quilting for future projects.  When I told her the price she was surprised.  I was thinking....oh but will have to purchase the fabric and batting in the future....the quilting may be a drop in the bucket!

I hope you have found something to giggle about today....I know I sure have.



  1. Congratulations to you and to Madeline! It's always something to celebrate when a new quilter is born :) And what a joy to be able to teach her how to carry on that sewing tradition - it's such an honor!

  2. Wow great job! Bravo for Madeline's perseverance. And yes, we all do end up with a humility block in most of our quilts.

  3. Yay, Madeline!! Great job on the first quilt! Very modern fabrics, perfect selection! What's the next project going to be? Hugs!!!!

  4. Wonderful job!!!! It's always nice to have a new quilter in the world.

  5. Tell her is not a mistake it's a signature :)

  6. That's exciting that she finished the quilt top!

  7. Ha the price of longarm quilting is what inspired me to learn to quilt my own quilts.

  8. Great job Madeline! Welcome to the crazy world of quilters!

  9. Yay! for a new quilter. She did great.

  10. Wonderful job. Something I'm not good at.....finishing..:))

  11. I get so excited when a new quilter comes on board. I know you must be so proud of her and I know she probably had to pick her jaw off the floor when you told her the cost of a longarm quilter....the list goes on. When I think of all that I am thinking "ARE WE ALL INSANE!!!"

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  13. I love this quilt really fun, even the best quilters make silly mistakes and sometimes we just leave them so just have fun that is important.

  14. She did a fabulous job and that misplaced block = IDE = Intentional Design Element. Yes this is one expensive hobby that we all enjoy but it is a ton cheaper than therapy and a whole lot more fun.


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