Sunday, July 25, 2010

Castles giveaway!! (and some really bad quilting)

Becky's giveaway is on now. Check it out here. LOVE those castles!

As part of the giveaway Becky is asking about the biggest mistake you made on your first quilt. Well, I've been avoiding sharing my first quilt because it is such a shocker. But I think now is the time to reveal it in all its shonkiness. The story starts out nice enough. My mother was given this cute little fabric panel by my Aunty Dinah when I was born.

Mum never made it into a quilt, but I kept in my glory box so I could make a quilt for my first child. Despite my best intentions it took 18 months to put this together, but I was so proud to give it to my daughter Sarah for her first birthday. I used a high loft polyester batting, polycotton yellow fabric for the back and binding, and ofcourse polyester black thread for the quilting. Now here's where it gets really good. I made lovely big knots on the back to secure the beginning and end of my quilting, and the stitches were ginormous (it was hard going hand quilting through that mattress).

Puckers... what puckers?

I don't even know how I attached the binding, but its definitely not right. I machine stitched it on the back and hand stitched it on the front??

I've thought about pulling it apart and redoing it many times, but there's just something about it that makes me smile, knowing that that was my best effort three short years ago. Anyway, that thick batting is nice and comfy for babies to roll around on.

Now, go share your story here.


  1. Ahhhh Kate I love it!! Perfect!! My How WE'VE changed!!! xx

  2. I must say that your more recent quilts look a little more accomplished, but Aunty Dinah's quilt does look comfy.
    My first quilt never got completed it was all so wrong ... polyester fabric, cutting out squares on the fabric with scissors, none of which ended being the same size etc etc. Funny to look back at now.
    XO Amelia

  3. my first quilt was also a baby quilt I made as a project in Home Economics. It could definitely use more quilting! The top was machine appliqued animals out in the fields. 34 years later and it still isn't a bad quilt.

  4. Love your first quilt...look how you have grown! For a novice it is first attempts make me smile!

  5. I really like the quilt it has a quality that can't be replicated LOVE and it can be seen all over not just by you in the making but by Sarah in the having. XXX

  6. My mistake was I was sewing the quilt together with more then a 1/4 inch seam. What a headache.

  7. There's nothing like a first quilt! Mine has all kinds of mistakes but like you, I still love it...

    Jennifer :)

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