Monday, July 6, 2009

… my first quilt




As I was doing a little blog surfing this morning, I saw on Camille's & Carrie's blog that they are encouraging us to post the very first quilt we made . . . & then also post the latest quilt we have completed, & I thought how fun that would be to see!


So, instead of just being a lookie-loo. . . I decided to post mine too!


The first quilts I made were from a book that my Mom bought - 'Little Quilts' - & then I kind-of confiscated it & made almost every quilt in it. Mom never made a thing from it & now I wonder if she bought it . . . knowing how much I would like it. . . (she was right!)


The first quilt I made (18 years ago) was the log cabin. This one hangs in my office. . .





. . . & because I was so fascinated by how the design would change by simply rotating blocks. . . I made this one too. It hangs in my bathroom.




When I first started quilting. . . I fell in love with 30's prints. I still love them. They remind me so much of some of my Grandmas' quilts & the reasons that I fell in love with quilting. Whenever I 'sort through' or 'weed out' my fabric stash. . . I never get rid of any of my 30's prints. I love them still.



I have a few quilt tops finished. . . but they're not quilted yet. . . (so not 'real' quilts yet!) - so I guess this is the last quilt I made. It's called 'Apple Blossoms' & will be available on the website this week. I used fabrics from the 'Aviary' line by Moda. (I love that line!) It was originally designed for a retreat I taught at last spring in Chelan, Washington - for Woven Threads Quilt Shop . . (Hi Rosie!). It has a little applique & pieced borders - & it's one of those quilts that can be made in just a couple of days! (Love those!)




So there they are. . . my first . . . & latest quilts. There a also few more. . . in process (stay tuned!) . . .

. . . but the best part?!. . .

. . . There are many more to come! (yea!!! for quilts, quilting & quilters!)

(If you want to play too. . . be sure to check out Camille's & Carrie's blogs!)

xo, Bren

29 comments:

Jodi@SimplyThisThat n.. said...

Beautiful quilts Brenda! I love the first and the recent! Thanks for sharing. ooxx`jod

Peanut Blossom said...

They are both beautiful! Looks like you hit the ground sewing!

anniebeez said...

Some of the first quilts I made were little quilts too! I still have that book and I will never get rid of it! I love 30's prints too-just bought a whole new stack of them!!Love the colors in your quilts and your new one is beautiful.

Camille said...

So what I gather from this is that you have always been amazing at quilting. Yep, that's it! Beautiful from square one.

Thimbleanna said...

You didn't say how long ago you quilted that first one, but it's interesting that you're still quilting with the same color families. (Of course, if that first quilt was just a year or two ago, it's not that big of a deal...;-) )

Beautiful quilts!

Sherri said...

I love them all! Your fabrics and colors are lovely...and the new quilt...I love it too...can't wait to see the other new patterns! I also love the Little Quilts patterns and made them next after a dozen plus double irish chains...I made one like your second log cabin quilt out of Christmas fabrics...it's still one of my favorites!

Carrie said...

UGH... Will just one person please help me out and post an ugly quilt? Please?!?

I admit it, I didn't expect it would be you Bren ~ not a chance of that! But couldn't you help a girl out by Photoshopping a bright orange and black polka dot heart right in the center of any of those gorgeous quilts you posted?

I love Apple Blossoms ~ it is positively gorgeous... gee, thanks... I might have to go buy more of that fabric... :)

Dawn said...

What a pretty little quilt!
I don't have my first nor my last quilt. They were given as gifts.
That seems to be the way things go. I rarely keep the things I make.

Lisa D. said...

I love your first quilts! They are just as much in style today, aren't they? And your recent quilt - all I can say is Wow! Some of my friends were at the Chelan retreat. I'll look forward to seeing their finished quilts, too.

Sinta Renee said...

I love the idea that you (a very accomplished quilter) has the first quilt she made in her office! What a nice way to start off quilting... with small quilts. The log cabins are very sweet. And
Apple Blossoms is adorable. You have ooo's and awww's from me!

jaybird said...

i love them both! style may change but they are both adorable!

amber johnson said...

Those are beautiful. You are great with color! Your office looks like it is probably very cute! Thanks for sharing your quilts!

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

Love your first quilts. I had lots of the Little Quilts patterns. They were so much fun.

Your recent quilt is beautiful. Very elegant! Thanks for sharing.

Amanda said...

My first quilt magazine was American Patchwork and Quilting because it had a Little Quilt design on the front. I love Little Quilts!

I, too, love 30's prints.

Your quilts are beautiful!

Donnelly said...

I love the soft muted colors in your quilts. They are very peaceful! Have a great day.

heather said...

I love the scrappy log cabins!

L Johnson said...

Wow your first quilt looks so professional!! I love your color combo's!

Bowlby said...

Your quilts are lovely! Such beautiful colors. Thanks for sharing :)

Lisa said...

Its hard to believe your first quilts are 18 years old. The completely look like something that would be done today! The colors are just so beautiful. I completely understand your love of 30's prints. I feel the same way for the same reason! Happy sewing!

mathea said...

That's a set of beautiful first quilts, you really put mine to shame ;-)

Chase said...

you have beautiful quilts. I found your link via my first quilt event.

Leslie said...

your little quilts are so pretty...i love how the pattern changes.

rachel griffith said...

so gorgeous. and timeless.

Catherine Watts said...

Yes you've done beautiful work from day one. I love your pretty muted colours.

Sarah N. said...

All of them are beautiful but I especially love the pattern of the most recent one!

lissa said...

as beautiful today as the first quilt was 18 years ago! Kuddos to you!

AJ said...

Your quilts are both beautiful!

Nephi "Sowing" Friends said...

I love your quilts. I love the colors, they're timeless.

quiltersmercantile said...

I just bought your quilt you are showing along with 15 patterns to display in my shop! I love your work (and your dad is cute ;)) and I will see you at the Quilt Show in Tucson Jan 20-22!

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