May 27, 2012

Memory Lane Monday - Warm Hugs...

This is a picture of the first "real" quilt I ever made. It's a chenille four-patch quilt made from shirting fabric, chenille and flannel. I made it in September of 2004. It's still one of my most favorite quilts to cuddle under.

You can see that it's not large enough to cover the top of our quilt guest bed, and I had enough blocks left over to quilt a couple of pillow shams, too. Great for napping, I tell ya!
When shopping with my daughter-in-law last week, I came across a fat quarter assortment of...flannels! I knew right away why I wanted them. Right! A new four-patch quilt. I'm going to use chenille for the large blocks again, and I'll have enough fabric to make a larger quilt. I might even make two new shams to match.
The last piece of fabric in the pack is the same fabric I'll be using for the back of the quilt.

I know this is a little different for my Memory Lane Monday posts, but I chose to write about my first quilt for a couple of reasons. One is that I want you to know that I've only seriously quilted since 2004. Even then, I didn't make another quilt for a year or so. After that I was hooked.

Reason Two is because I wanted to give you a break from my old family photos and share a project from my past. I've always sewn, but this was the beginning of my obsession with quilts...those warm hugs on chilly nights.
Thanks for sharing a more contemporary Memory Lane Monday with me. If you have a story you'd like to share on your blog, you can link your post below.

Wreath by gigigibson on Etsy
Don't forget to take time to remember why you're off work today, and say thanks for the commitment and sacrifices of the men and women of our Armed Forces...past and present...this Memorial Day.

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Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

Your first quilt is GORGEOUS! I never finished the first one I started. It was GOING TO BE "Log Cabin" which was ALWAYS my favorite along with CRAZY QUILTS. I have "YET" to make a quilt. "BUT I WILL" and you are such WONDERFUL encouragement to me! I LOVE EVERYTHING you do. Your new quilt patterns and colors are beautiful. I (((LOVE)))herringbone anything...
Have a fun Memorial Day,
Big Hugs to you,

Mandy said...

A delightful first quilt. My daughter's both have my first quilts. It started out as one, but then there were such arguments over it that I quickly made a second. Both the initial quilts were made from a design in a magazine. They were made from scraps of dress making fabrics, old shirts, leftover bits and pieces I had never been able to throw away. That was back in 1993. I haven't stopped since.

Michelle May said...

A beautiful first quilt. Ahhhh flannels...I think I have only made one flannel quilt. Love that bundle you found. Fabulous colors.
Happy Memorial Day.

Createology said...

You and your first quilt are a great inspiration to someone like me who has never quilted. I love flannels and this quilt and shams looks very comfy cozy and ready for a good nap. Your newest flannel fabrics will make another wonderful comfy cozy quilt. Happy memories...

Cherry's Prairie Primitives said...

Love your quilt so warm and cozy!!

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Donna you know me I could not wait to come over and see what you had shared with us for your Memory Lane Mondays.
I like that you shared with us your first quilt. It is lovely as all your pieces are.
I do plan on joining you for this. I just can't decide for sure if I want to go with the memory that has been haunting me these days or not.
Not much time to decide so I need to make up my mind.
Love ya

Minimiss said...

Lovely snuggly looking quilt Donna and your new assortment of flannels looks pretty good too.

laurajane said...

Love your first quilt Donna,mine was a very small cot quilt.
Every time I go to the fabric shop I look at the flannel,it looks so warm and cosy.I will have to buy some very soon I think.xx

Marydon said...

OMG! I was so bent on getting the post done & posted & then FORGOT to connect with you on your blog ... oy!!!

I am soooooooo sorry, Donna.

The quilt is exquisite. But then you are one magical talented seamstress.

Have a beautiful week ~

Buttons said...

Oh...I like! Question, and because I am not a quilter, I was just wondering. I just stumbled across a store that now carries fat quarters at what I think is a really reasonable price in cotton. I know it depends on the size of the quilt, but how do you know how many pkgs. to buy? I was thinking at that good price I might pick some up for a future project, something small to start like a lap quilt. Thanks much!


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