December 10, 2009

My First Quilt

Like any beginner cook in the kitchen, there's nothing quite like a trustworthy recipe to follow carefully in order to learn the basics. Someone has already tested and refined the ingredients/proportions and has selflessly offered a path to you on how to get to the same yummy results they did. We're lucky to benefit from these kitchen pioneers (thank you, Julia).

Where am I going with this? Well, I wanted to make a quilt. I'm a beginner. So I was in search of a good recipe to follow. I found a great book called Jelly Roll Quilts by Pam and Nicky Lintott, and I also happened to have a jelly roll! After flipping through the book, I found a design I liked then took the advice of many of you wise quilt pioneers and read through the instructions several times before starting to cut. I put so many of your suggestions to good use.

It was so rewarding and exciting to make my very first quilt out of my very first fabric line — kinda hard to explain actually. The patterns and colors worked together in ways that really surprised me. Totally fun and unexpected. Ok, so here it is:








Is it perfect? NO WAY.
Was it a little ambitious for a beginner? YES.
Did I learn a lot by diving in to the deep end? YES.
Did I have a blast? YES!
Do I love my seam ripper? You better believe it.

32 comments:

  1. very impressive for your first quilt! I am personally VERY EXCITED to get my hands on some of this fabric next year!

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  2. that looks super awesome!!! nothing like the pride you feel at your first quilt completed!! and you can even wrap it up and give it to yourself under the tree for xmas, kidding, use it now!!! your fabric is so pretty!! i wish i knew how to design fabric!! great job kate!!!

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  3. It is lovely ... way to go! Have I mentioned lately how much I love your fabric line? I thought so!

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  4. Wow! Your first quilt - the first of many I'm sure. I love the Lintott's book and your version of the quilt, with your fabrics, looks awesome! Which one is next? - Marlene

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  5. Oh my gosh how beautiful I wish my first one would look like that. I am working on it now very simple one tho. What kind of tips did everyone give you. Are they somewhere on your blog?

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  6. ByTheSea..oh, my next quilt will definitely be a lot simpler :) You can find the many wonderful tips from people here: http://katespaindesigns.blogspot.com/2009/11/thanksgive-ing-giveaway.html

    Thanks for all your nice comments!

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  7. It's absolutely gorgeous! I love your binding fabric choice as well! I can't even imagine how much fun you must have had making a quilt from fabric of your own design! Congratulations!

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  8. Excellent idea to make a quilt with fabric from your very own fabric line and for it to be your very first quilt...well its kinda a huge moment in your quilting path. It looks wonderful. I seem to learn something from every quilt I make. I am really looking forward to getting my hands on some of your fabrics. I love florals.

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  9. wow you have done well............nice quilt............love the fabrics........so whats next on the drawing board...........

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  10. oh kate!!!
    you did it!!!
    & i'm SUPER proud.


    {p.s. now you know how i feel when i cuddle with MY verna quilt.}
    :)

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  11. Gorgeous Kate! You did such a great job on your first quilt. My first looked nothing like this!

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  12. Love the quilt! That's a great book, too! I've made a couple of quilts from it. Keep up the quilting! ;o)

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  13. WOW! That's an awesome first quilt. I went with a lot easier pattern for my first! Just beautiful!

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  14. Awesome quilt, I love it! Way to go. I wanted to get some Verna, sooo I asked at the lqs for a Moda Sampler box...they had not ever even hear of the Moda Sampler box let alone Verna. Aww shucks!

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  15. Oh c'mon, you put us all to shame! That is your first quilt?? It turned out beautifully, of course. What a lucky girl you are- your first quilt of of your own fabric? Not too many people can say that. I'm working on a little something out of Verna right now too. So fun!

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  16. Great job for your first quilt! The fabric looks beautiful - can't wait to get it. I used your Christmas paper products from Target for my guild's Christmas party and everyone loved it!

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  17. Great job! Your first quilt looks way better than my first quilt.

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  18. Beautiful.

    I don't know anyone else that can beat the impressive feat of making their first quilt out of their own fabric.

    Perhaps it would be like painting a picture out of paint you have crushed and mixed up yourself like they did in the very olden days. You can probably call yourself a master craftswoman.

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  19. It is totally stunning. Well done - the first of many?

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  20. Awesome!!! You did a fabulous job. I can't believe this is your first quilt. You were born with the passion - it's just been hiding:)

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  21. Kate, It is just lovely. I am very impressed by your first quilt. And how exciting that it is from your own fabric! I too am working on Verna projects like Camille. I did just get back my first table topper in Verna from my quilter. As soon as I bind it, I am sending you a pic. I also dropped another Verna runner to him a couple of days ago. I know, I just really like this fabric line. It's great that Moda saw your potential and introduced you to the quilting world!!

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  22. Beautful colors and pattern!! Looks like you did a GREAT job!! The quilting is wonderful too!!

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  23. Its so lovely! You did such a great job. Thanks for showing it off!

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  24. Beautiful quilt - it looks perfect to me!

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  25. Hi Kate,
    are you sure that you didn't cheat? Is this really your 1st quilt? For real? It's GORGEOUS!!! Such a vivid & sparkling quilt - much more interesting than the both quilts shown in the book.
    Have fun snuggling up under your OWN quilt for Christmas...
    Hugs, Julia

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  26. WOW that is amazing for a first quilt! or a 28th quilt! I am super impressed! Your fabrics look great done in that patter too.
    I received my Designer Roll (layer cake)! Thanks again :D

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  27. This is beautiful! You're first quilt, I would've never guessed...you're a pro! I too have a long time love affair with my seam ripper. No matter how much I think I know what I am doing, I always do something wrong.

    Keep up the awesome work and I can't wait for your fabric to make it's way to the stores.

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  28. awww...you're all so nice!! thank you so much for your generous comments and encouragement. Really, I have lots to learn, but am enthusiastic to try again — with a simpler pattern!

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  29. You are amazing. Wow, is a good word for your first quilt. My first was a log cabin that is falling apart at this point. Made from country novelty prints, it was a bit scary... and nothing like your first!
    Congratulations!
    I am sending you some goodies soon....

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  30. It's beautiful.

    I have this book! I made the stars this Christmas (one of the last patterns). It's great for jelly rolls, and yours looks so pretty. :)

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  31. OH KATE! I'm so very proud of you! WAY TO SEW GIRL!! Your quilt is so pretty, and I'm so glad you loved making it -- so do we have a fellow quilting addict to sew along with us now?? I hope so!

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  32. yay!!

    i'm so glad you took the plunge.. and you went in two feet first!! you did a great job... and i hope you are hooked!!

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