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This is an open thread diary due to a scheduling mix-up. Feel free to talk about your quilts, your holiday, your family, or whatever you wish. I am not available this evening, but you all know how to play nice.


I made my first quilt nine years ago. It was a pretty horrible experience. I was thoroughly ignorant. All I knew was that a quilt had three layers, and that the "top" layer typically had pieces of fabric sewn together. Well, I did that. I cut the fabric using scissors after drawing around a square of manilla from an old folder.

The center of this quilt, up to and including the first pink plaid border, was that first quilt. The whole quilt you see here was after I repaired and enlarged it about five years later.

But after making that first quilt, I had to make another, because another baby was due. It was a guilt quilt. And so were the next two.

By that time, I had learned a few things. I had a new sewing machine and a rotary cutter, mat, and rulers. These simple tools (and a seam ripper!) started me on my way to the quilting I do now.

Since then I've probably made 100 quilts, including finishing twelve this year. Two of those were bed quilts, two were "medium" sized, and eight were lap/nap quilts.

What was your first quilt? (Or are you still working on it??) Did you enjoy the experience? Did you do it on your own or take a class? Who was it for?

After doing quite well with scheduling for awhile, we now are jammed up. Would you like to write a future DK Quilt Guild diary?  Please join in!

The schedule:

12/30 -- OPEN
  1/06 -- madmommy

Please comment below to volunteer. It's fun, it's easy, and people here can help you if you've never done a diary before! Most important things are willingness to try, and willingness to be a welcoming host once the diary is published.

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