For those of you who don't know me, my name is Jenny and I am a new quilter! (Click on my name on the right side of this page to read more about me). This is my first post and I am excited to be joining the blogland of quilters. Today I just want to share how my interest in quilting began and show you the very first quilts I pieced (they are not actually quilted yet, but that is my next goal!). About a month ago, I decided I was going to give quilting a shot. My Mom has been sewing since she was a child, but she just got into quilting about a year ago. Ever since then, she has been trying to persuade me to join the quilting bandwagon. Keep in mind that at this point I did not even know how to sew. To be honest, I always thought quilting was for old ladies. The words "modern" and "quilt" are not words that I associated with one another. But, I started avidly reading blogs about quilting (such as Diary of a Quilter, Cluck Cluck Sew, and Red Pepper Quilts) and discovered just how modern and fresh quilting can be. So, I spent a week this summer with my Mom and learned how to quilt!
This is the very first quilt that I pieced during the week that I spent with my Mom.
This quilt was made with Riley Blake's Sweet Nothings line of fabric. I immediately fell in love with this fabric line- it is very girly and I liked how all of the bright colors worked together. This quilt is baby-quilt sized (perfect size for starting out) and is a very simple design (also perfect for starting out). With this quilt, I learned the basics of quilting- rotary cutting, 1/4 inch seam allowance, and matching seams. By no means is this quilt perfect. But I have since learned that quilting is not about being perfect. I recently read a blog that said the imperfections of a quilt are what give it character. I loved this comment, and will try to keep it in mind with each quilt that I make (for those of you who don't know me, I am a huge perfectionist). I have also learned the importance of naming your quilts, so this one I am naming "Whimsy Garden."
Here are a few more baby quilts that I pieced on my own.
I realize this blog is getting exceedingly long, so time to wrap it up. I hope you enjoyed reading about my first quilts. My next goal is to actually start quilting these- a process that I am very nervous about but excited to learn also. I am going to start with straight line quilting and see how it goes. Free motion quilting is something that I would eventually love to learn how to do, but it seems a little overwhelming at this point. Stay tuned for more of my quilting journey!