My first quilt

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This is my first quilt, started in the fall of 2001. My oldest son, at age three, was going through developmental testing that would lead to a diagnosis of autism six months later. My youngest son was a cuddly infant. I pulled out the sewing machine just after September 11. Making things has always been therapeutic for me — and I needed some light — because the world seemed gray.  I adored choosing the fabrics and paper-piecing the blocks, but it still took me over seven years to complete this quilt–my baby was eight years old when it was finally finished.

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The pattern is from Kaffe Fassett’s 1997 book: Glorious Patchwork. Sadly, I don’t even own a copy of the book– I checked it out of our local library over and over again. My craftsmanship is sub-par, and fitting the blocks together took more than a bit of finagling (I thought 1/4″ seam was just a suggestion), but I still love this quilt with all of my heart and I don’t think I will ever tire of looking at it. It still reminds me that no matter how heavy life’s events may be, there is always beauty and light and brightness somewhere.

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2 Comments

  1. Stunning! My first quilt took me about 3 years to do. It was definitely worth the wait, as evidently yours was too.

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    • Thank you!

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