Camile and Carrie are hosting a challenge for people to post their first quilt and their latest quilt, with something they have learned along they way. (Only one thing?! I've learned so very much!) Well, here is my first quilt, made in 1975 by the English paper piecing method.
I started work in a primary school in London in the early 1970s and one of the other teachers was making a quilt of hexagons. I had always sewn, and thought this was a perfect way to use up my dressmaking scraps. I decided to unify it by making all the rosettes purple, and when my scraps ran out, I begged scraps from other sewers and even bought (long) quarters of fabric from shops and markets and used the Laura Ashley offcuts which many people bought at the time. When I was planning my wedding in 1975 I decided to make the quilt up using all the completed rosettes. I solved the problem of the irregular edge by appliqueing the hexagons onto plain purple borders. I wadded and tied the quilt to complete it. The quilt has seen stalwart service on picnics, sofas and as a rug for babies to sit on in the garden, which explains why it is so faded. To say that the fabrics are a mix of fibres and weights, it has survived remarkably well.
This is my latest completed quilt. It's called 'Feathers' and was a mystery quilt I made at Rocheberie Schoolhouse Quilters. I'm still very much a scrap quilter, even after all this time, but one thing I've learned is how to machine quilt successfully.