Thursday, February 24, 2011

My First Quilt

Sheila at  Blue Patch Quilter has written a post about her fist quilt and is hosting a linky party where you can link to your first quilt. I think it's a fabulous idea, so here is my first ever quilt.


This is a pattern by Lynette Anderson, I think, I can't find the pattern.  I made it about 10 yrs ago, for my 7yr old daughter, she loved mermaids way back then. It's a little creased as it has been tucked away in the cupboard for quite some time. I loved this pattern when I saw it and was so happy that the quilt shop carried lovely bright fabrics, I remember the joy of playing with the fabric and working out what I would need.

This quilt includes a lot of firsts for me, rotary cutting, piecing, applique, fabric drawing and quilting.
The mermaids are appliquéd with blanket stitch edging, and the faces are hand drawn. I had never quilted before and was too scared to machine quilt much, so I stitched in the ditch along the border and then hand stitched undersea motifs and hand sewn beads across the quilt top.

The mermaid tails have an extra layer of thin batting in them to make them a little more three dimensional and the starfish were made separately, stuffed and then hand stitched to the quilt.
Starfish on mermaid quilt

I still love this quilt, and I'm amazed that I attempted it.
I only finished one more quilt after that and then gave quilting away until I started again last year.


  1. WOW, what a first artistic. Thanks for posting on my blog, have joined your blog, look forward to reading more...........

  2. Fancy attempting something as complicated as that for a first quilt! You should be proud.

  3. That is such a gorgeous quilt and so beautifully made! I bet your daughter was over the moon when you made it!

    I might post my first one and link up - you can have a laugh!

  4. Oh my goodness - it is stunning! So much love and work has gone into it and the details are fantastic. It's hard to believe it was your first quilt as I would be proud of it as my 10th or 20th. It's gorgeous.

  5. Wow what a first quilt...absolutely georgeous - I love mermaids...and I think the idea is a good one...I´ll have to see if I can find my first quilt somewhere.

  6. after you finished that, I bet there was no going back - to master applique on your first quilt??? amazing!

    Did your seven year old love it?

    And, what made you decide to make a quilt in the first place?

  7. Marg that's awesome! I cant believe you've never showed that off before.

    No wonder you only made one more and gave it away for a while - you were exhausted!

    It's a truly amazing quilt. I love it!

  8. I simply cannot believe you started with something so advanced and made it so wonderfully! Gobsmacked!

  9. Oh my goodness! How could this be your first quilt?! It's unbelievable. The fabric choice, attention to detailing... everything is so professional!

  10. wow cant believe that was your first quilt marg....piece of art really, can never hope to achieve that for sure.

  11. I have always known you were a great quilter. This quilt proves it. I would never have attempting something like this as a first quilt. The things we do for our children, huh. I am glad you did this though, I am sure it made your next quilt easier!

    I love the bright colors in this quilt, they jump out at you! Very beautiful.

  12. Wow Marg that quilt is amazing!!! I can't believe you made that and then didn't do anymore for years!! I bet your daughter loved it :-)

  13. Wow!! That is such a lovely first quilt. The postman has just brought me a fantastic parcel. I love the fabric. It is even better in real life!!!

    Now what shall I make...........................................

  14. That is so impressive for a first quilt. I love the mermaids faces and the starfish. For my first quilt (whwnever that happens!) I'll be sticking to squares I think, I'm not so adventurous!

  15. For a first quilt it is very very good! You have a lot of talent and I don't think I've seen a quilt yet that I haven't liked! :-) Not that I am an just keep getting better and better!!!


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