Friday, September 13, 2013

My First Quilt

I thought it would be fun to share the post I did last week over at Gen X Quilters...just in case you missed it over there...



 
Hello! I'm excited to be here today to talk about my first quilt, my love of quilting, and where my quilting is at today! I recently found a photo of my first quilt that I had forgotten I had. It's such a significant photo, too, because my grandmother and my oldest son are in the picture. I really began quilting because I wanted to make things for my family, and my grandmother who was taught to quilt by her grandmothers started me on my journey.
 
My first quilt was a Double Irish Chain using Eleanor Burns' Quilt in a Day book. I had actually asked my grandmother to make this quilt for my son, and she said, "No. But I'll teach you to make it yourself." The rest, as they say, is history. My grandmother came over to my house and helped me cut and sew the first few blocks...then she left me on my own to finish. Of course I was pretty hooked on this pattern and can't even tell you how many double Irish chain quilts I made before branching out to new designs.
 
 

Now, twenty years later, I don't know what I would do without this past time. I love fabrics and quilting, and I'm still making quilts for the people I love! I consider myself pretty eclectic when it comes to what I make as you'll see from a few photos. I recently finished my "Hopscotch" quilt using some fresh modern fabrics designed by V & Co. for Moda. This is one of my favorites (I'm working on the binding right now).



But I also love traditional block designs and fabric and am always drawn to the comforting colors and palettes of the Fig Tree fabrics. I completed my Farmer's Wife quilt about a year ago and used all Fig Tree scraps from my stash for the blocks. It just came back from the quilter a couple of weeks ago!



When I first started quilting I was influenced by the things my grandmother was making and by the projects she heard about through her local quilt guild. Over the years I began to find quilt books of my own, and then when I discovered quilting blogs on the internet it was like a whole new world opened up to me. I live in a pretty rural area, and when my children were younger it was just incredibly hard to get away to attend quilting events out of town, but with the new world of on-line quilting resources I began to be inspired by so many different styles.

My scrappy trip along quilt finished up last winter was inspired by all of the scrappy trip quilts I saw on Instagram.



My Marcelle Medallion was also inspired by the Instagram craze...


 
One of my most recent finishes is my Bella solids quilt using 9" finished signature block patterns from the  Moda Friendship quilt along. After all of these years, I'm gravitating toward using a lot of solids...just as I did in my very first quilt!
 
I hope you've enjoyed hearing about my very first quilt and a little bit of what I'm up to today. You can follow along my continuing quilting journey at A Quilting Life and follow me on Instagram at @sherrimcconnell.
 
Thanks so much for having me as a guest blogger!

13 comments:

Karen said...

I always love to see someone's quilting journey. How blessed you are to have those memories of your grandmother.

Elizabeth Matly said...

Thank you for sharing this, I too love to hear someone's journey. My great grandmothers on both sides were quilters but my maternal grandmother was the only grandparent who ever made any and that was only one or two while her mother was still living. Still she is the one who sat me down in front of a sewing machine for the first time. Love the memories :)

Thimbleanna said...

They're all so beautiful Sherri! And I'd say your Grandma was one VERY smart woman!

Jeanna said...

What a great story Sherri. How special to have your grandmother teach you this craft that you love so much.

I love quilting and sewing but unfortunately, I do not have family members who share the same passion. I do, however, have a dear friend that has started quilting.

Thank you for sharing your story...I loved it!

Melissa Corry said...

What an amazing journey Sherri!! So fun to see your first and that it was your grandmother that started your love of quilting :)

CathyK said...

What a beautiful journey. Even your first quilt was gorgeous!

Jennifer said...

Wow your first quilt was awesome! I'd never show you mine :) Thanks for sharing your journey, quilting grandmother's are the best!

Karin said...

I *love* that your grandma said she wouldn't make the quilt for you, but would teach you how! My mom and I worked together on 2 quilts for my twin brothers when I was 19. (log cabin quilts using Eleanore Burns strip quilting method). I made 2 more log cabin quilts after that (one for my older brother for a wedding gift and one for myself) Then, I took the plunge and did a double wedding ring quilt (pieced the 'old-fashioned' way with paper templates and pencil lines for stitching lines, wow that was a LOT of work). Anyhow, I can't believe I have been quilting for 25 years now! Although I did take a hiatus when my kids were young. Now, with the internet, I am more addicted then ever!

2ea7fbdc-74c1-11e2-b6c0-000bcdcb5194 said...

Sherri,
What a blessing to have your grandmother help you get started with your quilting life.
I so enjoy reading your blog and thank you for taking the time to share your love of quilting.
Pam

The Patchsmith said...

I love this blog posting - to see your quilts and to hear about your journey. The Farmer's Wife quilt is my favourite - so traditional and pretty. But I am also drawn to your recent Solids quilt and have enjoyed seeing the squares each week.
xx

l carolyn Ghearing said...

What a beautiful review! Thank you for sharing!

nestki said...

I am so grateful to you for sharing your beautiful art, experience, history, wisdom -- yourself! -- in blog form. Thank you!

Melodee said...

That was the first quilt I ever made as well, but mine was maroon and peach. I took a class with a co-worker that was taught by a woman who had worked for Eleanor Burns.

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