My Very First Quilt Ever

So, when I was looking for my red/white/blue quilts in the cedar chest, I came across my very first quilt (which I had sort of forgotten about).  It brought back some fond memories.

I think I started making this quilt when I was about 14.  I had no idea how to do it and the Internet didn’t really exist.  So, I just winged it.

Here’s the story:  When I was a kid, my next door neighbors had these jackets.  On the jackets they had patches of all the places that they had visited.  I thought this was awesome and started to collect them myself.  I had a windbreaker full of patches.  Once day I realized that my windbreaker didn’t fit very well anymore and would likely wind up at good will.  So, I carefully took off all the patched.  For some reason I decided to make a quilt because I figured it was something that I would keep for a while.   I guess I was right.

On this quilt are all the places I visited as a kid and some as I got a bit older.  It brought back some very fond memories of family vacations and things I just did as a kid.  I remember when my daughter was born that I sort of wanted to do the same thing for her, but people don’t make many patches these days.  They are a bit hard to come by.

The actual techniques are pretty awful.  I am not sure what I did when it came to binding.  But, it holds so many memories that I will never part with it.


Happy Sewing

Happy Quilting


11 thoughts on “My Very First Quilt Ever

  1. I love this! I started a tshirt in high school with all of my favorite shirts, but I just got through making the quilt top and lost interested. I need to pull it back out and finish it when I get done with my current project. Sweet memories! And a pretty great job for a 14 year old!


  2. My sons both had patch jackets. My younger one was wearing the older one’s on a trip with a friend, and they left it at McDonald’s – I should never have let him take it. I was so disappointed it was gone. You’re right, I don’t see patches often any more. I love that you made this and that you still have it!


  3. That’s great that you have kept your quilt all these years and that it brings back wonderful memories. That’s part of the charm of these types of keepsakes.


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