I have an aunt who is learning to quilt and I must say it's been a lot of fun helping her along. She's cruising along, making quilts & table runners, machine quilting, applying nice binding, etc. I've been impressed!! I mentioned my first quilt to her, in reference to how much I didn't know then that I know now (and wishing I'd had someone I knew in person to ask questions!) and she asked to see it, so Trudy, this is for you.
To look at, I can admit that it's not too bad. It's more the technique things and some of the materials used that are a little bit hilarious to look back on.
Before I started quilting, I made a bunch of bags/aprons/placemats/household things so that's where most of the patchwork fabrics came from. Also from some skirts that I cut up. I cut everything for this project with scissors! What's a rotary cutter???? ;) I traced every little square (in strips, mind you, so at least I figured that part out!) with a pen onto my fabric and then cut. It took forever and gave me hand cramps. hehe
I had sewed other projects before, like I mentioned, so thankfully I already had the pressing part mostly figured out.
I used polyester batting inside, and 100% polyester bedding materials for the black border and the binding. The black in particular frayed like CRAZY, didn't have a nice soft feel, and I remember it even smelled kind of weird, but I soldiered on. :)
I didn't know how to make a proper binding so I just folded the backing fabric to the front using a tutorial I found somewhere online. By that point having it all folded over, you are working with quite a few layers of fabric & batting and I could NOT get my machine to stitch it down. I realize now that I probably had totally the wrong sewing machine needle (and the one I was using was probably dull as who knows what) plus the machine I was borrowing from my mother-in-law at the time was compacted with lint inside which I didn't know until later, so I think the odds were stacked against me on that one right from the start. I ended up doing a running stitch by hand to secure the "binding", and then my corners weren't too pretty so I put a button on each one. haha
I tied the quilt, which is not bad in and of itself but I think at the time I didn't even know about machine quilting. Plus I didn't have a walking foot so it probably would have been a disaster anyways.
Sometimes I feel like I should take the whole thing apart, get rid of the backing, batting, and borders, and use the patchwork panel for something else because I actually quite like that part of it, but then I think that saving it for nostalgia is kind of fun too.
What was your first quilt project????