My First Quilt

Good morning!  With the 4th being tomorrow, today seems like a really fun day to share an Independence Day picnic staple for us: my very first quilt.

I’ve mentioned a few times that my first sewing project was a quilt my Gram helped me with.  She is the one who gave me a sewing machine.  I don’t have a photo tutorial – this was over 10 years ago that I made it, but I thought it would make for a great share. :)

It’s far from perfect.  I think that’s why I feel so comfortable bringing it along for sitting on, for fireworks and picnics.  It has enough mistakes that I don’t mind it getting a little bit dirty.  The only way it’s really going to last has nothing to do with the craftsmanship and quality – it’s the photos of me and my family, sitting on it or wrapped up in it, enjoying time together, year after year.

My husband and I, watching the fireworks, when we had been dating just a few months

I appliqued the letters and the flag panel on by hand.  By hand!  LOL.  I didn’t know that there were any easier ways. :) I actually created my own stencils for the letters – so that’s my real block handwriting.  So this is special and personal to me in so many ways.

Raya likes it too!

Do you have any really sentimental projects?  Tell me in the comments!  If you’ve even blogged about it, leave a link and I’d love to come out and see it!

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  1. Danni Baird says

    That is one gorgeous quilt! Can't believe you did it by hand! Makes it so much more special!

  2. Michelle says

    Hi Adrianne,
    What a lovely quilt, filled with many memories! Please stop by my blog for a visit soon, I would love to get to know you better.

  3. Robin says

    I love your quilt, Adrianne! My mom is the quilter in our family…she has made one for each of my kids. :0)

  4. Jill says

    I'm so glad you posted a picture of your first quilt! It's gorgeous! I can't believe that is the first one you ever made! I think I'm going to have to stick to triangles and squares for now. Anything with a round edge intimidates me…LOL

  5. Kadie says

    LOVE it!! I can't believe to hand appliqued all that, and still make quilts!! {you know how much I love hand applique!} I make a quilt out of old jeans for my first quilt. I always love to pull it out for picnics. I can still pick out everyone's jeans that I used.

  6. Lauren - Hippie Dog Company says

    Oh my gosh!! That is a gorgeous quilt! Quite an accomplishment – especially for your first!!! WOW!!!! Very nice!

  7. Bonnie and Trish says

    This is probably one of the cutest quilts I have ever seen! Happy 4th of July!

    Take care,


  8. Terry says

    What a fabulous quilt. I love how huge it looks with Raya sitting on it. I can't see any flaws from here – it's perfect.

  9. Full Circle Creations says

    Your quilt is gorgeous! I love that you did the lettering yourself. It holds such wonderful memories. Thank you for sharing it at the All Star Block Party!


  10. Amy says

    It is beautiful! I just finished my first quilt also in the same colors! Love Red, White, and Blue!

  11. Shasta Farrar says

    Your quilt is just beautiful. Great job…amazing for a first quilt!

    Shasta @InTheOldRoad
    All Star Block Party

  12. Serendipity Refined says

    Your quilt is beautiful! You've created an heirloom that will be loved and used for YEARS to come! Happy 4th!

  13. Jessi W says

    What a fun quilt! One of my first “big” sewing projects was with my dad (my mom can't sew to save her life!) We made my prom dress for my high school senior prom and it was so much fun! And it turned out great too, the dress was this gorgeous merlot color with a fun slit up the skirt that I covered in black lace. Both of my grandmothers sewed, and my dad does too, so I have some great memories of making fun things with all of them :-) Thanks so much for sharing this at The Fun In Functional!

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