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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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Alison Glass Charm Swap

Spent the morning cutting 5” charm squares for an online swap.

In exchange for a little of my time and a yard and a half of fabric, I’ll receive 72 5” charm squares in a variety of Alison Glass fabrics!

I’m not much of a designer follower. Mostly when I purchase quilt fabric, I buy whatever strikes my fancy. Typically, I see a beautiful design or a wonderful color in a fabric and I just get the urge to add it to my stash. Occasionally though, I notice the designer as well as the wonderful fabric. Alison Glass is one of those designers I notice and look for because her fabrics are so wonderful—especially her Sun Prints.

In fact, even though I’m pretty sure I didn’t even know who she was at the time, I even featured several Alison Glass fabrics in Elephants on Parade, a quilt pattern from my book, “Idiot’s Guides: Quilting.” They are simply that compelling.

If you’ve never done a swap, I recommend them! Make sure however that the hostess knows what she’s doing so you get high-quality charms in return.

I participated in another swap awhile back, and received lots of cute novelties. Again, another well executed swap.

I don’t have a particular plan right now for the Alison Glass charms, except petting them! <grin>

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Tell me…have you ever participated in a fabric swap? Were you happy with the results?

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Eerie Nights Blog Hop

Hi and welcome to my day in the Eerie Nights Blog Hop! Thanks to Marian and Amy for hosting!

For the hop, we were to sew up something new for Halloween. A while back, I made a cute little mini shadow quilt, and ever since then, I’ve been wanting to do a version for Halloween. I call my quilt Dark Shadows.

This shadow quilt is my own design. I decided to enlarge the blocks in this version, to better feature my collection of Halloween fabrics. I also wanted to try nesting the squares, and seeing what kind of effect that had. I have to say, I like the results!

The quilting is simple because I wanted the squares to pop!

For a little zing, I used a striped binding. Don’t you just love it?

Here are the quilt details:

Dark Shadows
Original design by Jennifer Fulton
Size: 20" square
Pieced with Aurifil 50 wt. #5011
Quilted with Sulky 40 wt. #1168
Batting: Quilters Dream Request
Pieced and quilted by me!

We were also supposed to feature our favorite Halloween decoration in the hop. Mine is a quilt my bestie Alice made for me called Tiny Twisted Jack. Isn’t he wonderful?

To celebrate the hop, we’re having a giveaway from the Fat Quarter Shop! Use the Rafflecopter below to enter.

And be sure to visit all the blogs participating in the hop to enter the other giveaways. Here are the blogs being featured today:

For the complete blog hop schedule, click here.

Making Dark Shadows was one of my 2016 FAL goals for this quarter so I'm checking it off my massive list. Yippee!

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2016 Q3 Finish Along Recap

Sorry I haven’t been blogging a lot lately, but it’s almost Quilt Market time and I’m busy writing patterns and making fabric samples for several fabric companies (my day job). Wish I could show you what I’m working on but it’s super secret stuff! The new fabrics and patterns are really beautiful and fun though, so expect a lot of wonderful things in your quilt stores soon!

Quarter 3 is over, and it’s time to recap my progress on my UFOs for the 2016 Finish Along. Actually, it's past time! I had this all written but forgot to post it and to link up to the FAL. Oh well. I've decided to go ahead an post what I did so I have a record of it here on my blog.

My list of Quarter 3 WIPs is here. It’s a long list, but I’m a dedicated list maker so a giganto list is what works for me. Everything to do in one place. Here are my finishes for Quarter 3.

  • Zippered pouches
  • New school block pattern for my shop
  • Bingo fabric cards for my Guild
  • Cloud 9 new block pattern
  • Rainbow quilt for Pulse
  • Quilted gift for Terry

Zippered pouches

I designed several zippered pouches for the Christmas in July blog hop and I’m pretty proud of them! I used to be afraid of zippers but gradually we’re becoming friends.

New school block pattern for my shop

I had a goal of adding new block patterns to my shop this quarter, and I’m happy to say I did! I think this school block is awful cute and would make a cute quilt, wall hanging, or zippered pouch for a teacher or a young child off to school for the first time.

BINGO fabric cards

As some of you know, the members of my bee have been working for some time to create fabric BINGO cards for our Guild Christmas party. First we had to scour our stash for the right colors/categories, then cut 2-1/2” squares. I think I cut over 200. Then we needed to sew up the squares into fabric cards. I sewed about 40-50 of those, and my daughter joined in and sewed 25-30! We’re finally done thanks to our committee chairs who organized the whole thing!

Cloud9 new block pattern

I knew the Cloud9 new block blog hop was coming up this quarter, but putting on my FAL list ensured that I wouldn’t get too scared and back out. There were over 70+ designers involved in the hop and it was pretty intimidating, let me tell you! I really pushed myself to design something special, and I think the results are stunning even if I do say so myself.

I’m offering the quilt pattern for free in my quilt along which just started! If want to quilt along with us and you post a photo of your fabric selections to Friday's post by next Thursday, you might win a prize! Jump over here to learn more about the quilt along and view the fabric requirements. Then be sure to come back on Friday to learn how to post your fabric selections and enter the giveaway. Don't be like me and just forget! <wink>

Rainbow quilt for Pulse

When I heard about the terrible events in the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, I knew I wanted to make a quilt. The Orlando Modern Quilt Guild coordinated the efforts, and I designed and quilted this quilt in response.

I’m adding the goal of making this pattern to my 2016 FAL Q4 list so look for it soon in my shop!

Quilted gift for Terry

Regular readers will recall that I recently lost a good friend, Terry, who took it in her head to move to a different state. Why can’t people just stay put so I can see them on a regular basis? <grin> Anyway, I made a wonky block for Terry who was collecting them for a future quilt. Knowing her, she’ll have it done soon. She’s not a procrastinator like me. <wink>

I also made Terry a zippered pouch using my Bee block pattern.

Well that’s it! I’m off to update my Quarter 4 WIP list, which is due on October 16th for those of us participating in the 2016 Finish Along. Wonder if I'll remember to post it after I write it? Sigh.

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Tell me…what progress have you made this past quarter? Any special finishes you’d like to share?