My Very First Quilt

I realized the other day that I have never blogged about my earliest quilts—the quilts I made before I started a blog. So I thought that from time to time, I’d share them with you.

My very first quilt was made for my daughter. I started it while pregnant with her and finished it years later after I’d made other quilts and finally learned the basics of quilting (including piecing, quilting, and binding).

The story of how that first quilt came to be was the subject of my first blog post back on May 2nd, 2014.

I started the quilt when I was pregnant with my daughter, back in 1996. I finished it in October, 2001 when she was four. In between, I learned how to be a mommy and how to be a quilter.

The class I took on how to make the quilt was taught by a hand piecer, so we learned how to make a template and to use it to trace triangles. I doubt that any of those triangles were perfect but I managed to sew a recognizable square in square, and surround it with triangles to create each block.

None of the points match, but my friend Rhonda who was an experienced quilter showed me how to sew it together so it would lay flat. We discussed border options and came up with a doable plan to add a skinny muslin border followed by a scrappy squares border and a wider print border.

After I finally got the quilt top together (I even took the quilt apart at one point and redid some of the blocks) Rhonda helped me come up with a quilting plan for the center of the quilt—straight lines quilted with my walking foot running from corner to corner in each block. For the skinny inner border, I quilted a straight line down the middle. For the middle border, I stitched in the ditch along each side and for the outer border, I stitched two parallel lines down the middle.

I used a flowery vintage looking flannel for the backing and made a scrappy binding to finish the quilt. Rhonda embroidered a quilt label for me on her embroidery machine.

As I said, I finished the quilt in 2001. It was 1999 when we came up with the plan on how to square the quilt top and add borders. I took the two years in-between to hone my skills as a quilter by making simpler quilts and to hone my skills as a mother to my beautiful little girl.

Here are the quilt details:

"Baby Ocean Waves"
47" x 54"
Pattern: Baby Ocean Waves by Connie Lancaster
Fabric: Baby-themed scraps collected from the scrap barrel at Quilts Plus, Indianapolis
Batting: Quilters Dream Request
Piecing Thread: 50 wt Beige
Quilting Thread: 50 wt White
Pieced and quilted by: Jennifer Fulton

I finished the quilt one weekend while visiting Rhonda. While I did the quilting, Rhonda took my leftover scraps and made a matching doll quilt. (28” x 32”). Both quilts are treasured by my daughter, who graduated from college last year. Maybe one day she’ll have a little boy or girl, and pass the quilts onto them.

tell me…what was your first quilt?

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True Patriot Redux

In March I released a new pattern called True Patriot for the Timeless Treasures Tonga Patriot batik collection.

At the time I mentioned how I thought it would make a great Quilt of Valor. One of my followers (Cindy Ganschow) took up the challenge and made True Patriot for a special display of QOV quilts at her local county fair.

Her version of True Patriot has two additional borders to make it fit the size requirements. The quilt hung at the fair along side 11 other Quilt of Valor quilts.

AT the end of the fair, most of the quilts were given to veterans in an emotional ceremony. Some will be presented to veterans later.

What a wonderful display of patriotism! Can you imagine if every county fair did this?

Thanks Cindy for sharing your photos with us!

If you’d like to make True Patriot, you’ll find the free downloadable pattern here, on my free downloadable quilt patterns page.

If you make True Patriot or any other quilt pattern of mine, I'd love to see it!

I have a weekly linkup that's just perfect for sharing your works in progress and quilt finishes. Drop by any Wednesday to share what you're working on in my Wednesday Wait Loss.

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Wednesday Wait Loss 136

Welcome to Wednesday Wait Loss. Please share what you’ve been working on!

First let me tell you what I've been up to

On Saturday I shared my goals for September, and it’s a long list as usual. Click here to read all about it and to leave a word of encouragement!

On Monday I published my new pattern, Panel Play Spools. Perfect for any 24” panel! Panel Play Spools is on sale this week, 20% off. Click here to visit my shop.

Yesterday the Partners in Design announced the winner of our Segment 3 QAL giveaway! Here’s just one of the prizes—a fat quarter collection from Timeless Treasures!

Click here to learn more about the quilt along and how to enter our Grand Prize giveaway.

Well that was my week!

Now let's see who made this week's feature

Last week, I encouraged you to link up quilts that represented a new technique. I also encouraged any quilts related to school. There were many quilts linked up—here are my favorites.

First up is Michelle @ My Bijou Life who linked up this lovely project—Elephants by Edyta Sitar. Turns out this will be Michelle’s first quilt. Talk about learning a new technique!

Next up is Susie, who linked up her first two blocks from Capi’s Cake Mix Club. The blocks use a technique for making HSTs that’s new to Susie. Way to go Susie—these look great!

Next is Marsha @ Marsha’s Spot, who shared several projects, including sitting mats she’s making for a friend who’s a teacher. Way to go Marsha!

Finally, Celine @ Esprit Patch shared her latest Dear Jane blocks. To me, Dear Jane represents learning, learning, learning, like this block below which is called Cyclone.

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Wednesday Wait Loss Featured

I’m not sure how to link up

Need help? Click the Wednesday Wait Loss tab above to get step by step instructions on what to do. You can link up a blog post, a photo from Flickr, Instagram, or Facebook, or a photo direct from your cell phone provided it is low resolution.

Time to link up!

Now it’s your turn to link up your works in progress and recently completed quilts! Here are some quick reminders about the linky party:

  • By linking up, you give me permission to grab a photo or two to share here on Wednesday Wait Loss.

  • This linky is all about encouragement, so please visit a few of the links and leave a comment.

  • If you’re uploading a photo from your phone/computer, leave a comment below that explains your project. And for the rest of us, please reply to a few of these comments leaving words of encouragement for a quick finish.

  • Please link back to my post somewhere in your blog post or use @inquiringquilter and #wedwaitloss to tag me in your Instagram/Flickr post.

  • If you link a photo from Facebook, please mention @InquiringQuilter and my Wednesday Wait Loss.

I appreciate you!

As you know, I use InLinkz to run my weekly Wednesday Wait Loss linky party. To link up, you’ll need to sign in using Facebook or Google+ or create a username/password for InLinkz.

I’d really hate to lose you over this change because we have such a great weekly group! If needed, you can send me your images via email and I’ll add them manually.

Important note

If you would like to link up a photo from your phone or computer, you need to enter an URL or InLinkz will not let you proceed. Use this URL

So Who Won the Giveaway?

The linkup this time was focused on learning. I gave two chances to any quilt that fit the theme, and one chance to any other quilt project that was linked up. Up for grabs is this 22 piece charm pack (five inch squares) of Island Batiks cut from my scraps.

I tracked the entries and let choose a random winner.

Congratulations Kat Scribner! Click here to send me your postal address and I ship your prize right out to you! You’ve got three days to claim your prize before I’ll be forced to select another winner.

Disclaimer: The giveaway is closed.

No purchase was necessary to win. Giveaway was open to legal residents in the contiguous US only that are 18+ years of age. The winner will receive one 22 piece charm pack of Island Batiks with a total value of approximately $10. Odds of winning was determined by number of eligible entries received. If winner can not be reached via email or prize is unclaimed after three days, a new winner will be chosen by Winner is responsible for paying any taxes related to the prize. By entering this giveaway, you released Inquiring Quilter from any liability whatsoever. Void where prohibited by law.

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Click here to enter

Linking to several fun quilty linky parties.

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Sew Let's QAL Segment 3 Giveaway Winner!

The Sew Let’s QAL has ended, so now it’s time to give away some awesome prizes!

To enter for the Segment 3 prize, you only need to make the four blocks in Segment 3 and upload one single photo that showed all four of them.

We had a ton of quilters quilting along with us, and I’d like to thank each and every one of you!

We’ve counted all the entries and have selected a winner for the Segment 3 prize package.

As a reminder, here’s what you could have won.

Plus you’ll receive a free PDF pattern of your choice for each of these Partners in Design:

Plus this free PDF pattern from April!

Congratulations to our winner!

After tracking all the entries, one was selected at random and is being announced soon on Instagram (search for the hashtag #sewletsqal) and on our private Facebook group.

UPDATE: I just learned that Carol Ann Mudek Wojtowicz won our giveaway! Congratulations Carol.

Don’t Forget to Enter the Grand Prize Giveaway!

To enter for the Grand Prize, take a photo of a quilt top that includes all 13 blocks from the quilt along, or projects that include all 13 blocks and upload that photo before September 23rd.

Here’s what you might win by entering the Grand Prize giveaway:

A special thanks to Timeless Treasures and Shabby Fabrics for supporting us throughout the Sew Let’s QAL.

To enter for the Grand prize, upload one photo of either a quilt top that contains all 13 quilt along blocks or a series of projects that contain all 13 blocks to the linky below, to Instagram with the hashtag #sewletsqal or to our private Facebook group. If you want to link up below but you need help, click the Wednesday Wait Loss tab above. It’ll give you step by step instructions on how to use a linky.

The Grand Prize Giveaway winner will be announced September 24th, so be sure to come back for the announcement of the winner!

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