My First Quilt

Quiltville has a great post about her first quilt and I thought I’d share mine and link back too!

This is my first quilt, small as it is.  It is an applique wall hanging that I purchased as a kit at Jo-Anns since I found it in a clearance bin for $7 and thought, “Why not?”  I started it in 2005 after I got married on my little Janome 415 that I received as a wedding gift from two of my Aunts that sew and quilt.  It was packed away for 5 years before I pulled it out and was determined to finish a craft project for the first time.  I finished the top in early 2010.

First Quilt Project - Wall Hanging

I’d never taken a sewing class before, I’d never sewn a quilt block before. I didn’t know how to properly cut, measure, or sew a 1/4″ seam. Applique was completely new! My zig-zag stitches aren’t straight at all (ugh those circles!), my sashing is wonky. I don’t even have a photo of the back to show you how I stitched the binding onto the back.  It is awful!

The only way I was able to finish this was to take the top to a local craft night at a quilt shop and get help to quilt it and put the binding on.  That was an experience! I did free motion quilting for the first time along with stitch in the ditch quilting and put my binding together.

I still adore the dragonfly fabric.

First Quilt Project - Wall Hanging
First Quilt Project - Wall Hanging

These are the first and only prairie points I’ve ever done! I haven’t attempted to do any more for another quilt.  I think they are so cute on this one though.

First Quilt Project - Wall Hanging
The quilt now hangs above my desk in my office at USF.  I love looking at it and reminding myself how far I’ve come as a quilter.


  1. Thanks so much for sharing! It's fun to see how far you've come, baby! :cD

  2. That is a gorgeous first quilt. It is a lovely pattern. It is good to look back and see how far we have come, isn't it?

  3. Thanks for linking Katie! I hadn’t seen Bonnie’s post about her first quilt, now I have tons to read and look at today, yay!

  4. Very nice, the fabric is awesome and I don’t think anyone cares if our stitching isn’t perfect but us. I like the fact that you hang it to remind you of how far you’ve gone on this quilty journey.

  5. Tami In Denver says:

    Wow! quite nice for a first quilt! It is just charming. I love the dragonfly fabric too.