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!

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  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!

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  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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