Monday, July 11, 2011

Completed Quilt

When I first became a stay at home mum I knew I was going to need a hobby. Gooing over babies all day is great - but not that great.  I'd already said 'see ya' to my skinny body and my super fun job so it seemed like a natural progression to get rid of my designer threads. 'See ya' Sass & Bide, Marc Jacobs, Alannah Hill, Nicola Finetti, Zimmerman and so on.

A few eBay listings later and I had enough money to buy a sewing machine and some fabrics from the US.

I eagerly began my first project, cutting and sewing while the Young Man slept. 2 years later and the queen size quilt is finally finished. The little 'corner things' are far from perfect and some of my hand sewing resembles a spilled pack of tic tac's - but i'm cool with that. I made this little sucker and it will always remind me of my first years of mothering. A few of you asked about it from this post- so I thought i'd share it here.






What was the first thing you ever made? Do you still have it?

31 comments:

  1. Your quilt is gorgeous ... and the minute I saw it in your stunning photos my heart melted.
    I wish I was that clever with a sewing machine.
    I did make a pair of shorts in Year 10 for school but somehow I don't think that really counts. However never fear ... my mum is bringing me my nan's old sewing machine on Thursday and I have the fabric ready - my girls will be getting some new skirts ... now to work out how to make them!!

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  2. I can not believe that you attempted that as a first project! I doubt I could do it now but haven't tried for twenty years. I have sewing envy for sure. Well done. It's amazing.

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  3. Oh I love it! I've made two small quilts before (but not as fab as this). So loving having hobbies to do while kids at home. First thing I made once I had kids was a pair of knitted booties... one was way bigger than the other!

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  4. such a beautiful quilt! I have one made for me by my Mum's sister over 10 years ago now, nearing 20 - I sleep under it every night. Even now it still gets compliments. Quilts are just so pretty. x

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  5. The first thing I ever made as a mother was a mess.

    Your quilt is so gorgeous - a beautiful combo of fabrics! I really must learn to sew... and bake... and all those other motherly domestic skills :) xx

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  6. You're such a cleaver chook, Em. I'm coming over one day this week and you need to impart your wisdom about quilting cause I wanna do it. x

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  7. very very inspiring. a very well done to you.

    what a wonderful milestone for yourself and a family heirloom I'm sure in the making.

    have a beautiful week and keep warm.

    xx

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  8. It is beautiful! I don't sew but wish I did. My first big project was a crocheted afghan. My cousin taught me how to make flowers with leaves surrounded by a square and then all pieced together. I can't tell you how many I made and gave away over the years -- full sized and baby ones too, but I never, ever made one for myself. I always wonder what folks without hobbies do with their time. I can't imagine not having something to work on each and every day. And if it is handmade, it doesn't have to be perfect -- that's my motto. Have a great week. Tammy

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  9. What a fab quilt! I started a small cot quilt months ago that is still sitting there waiting to be finished.

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  10. it's really loovely. nice choices of fabrics. i am going to get off the blogs now and finish the two i've started. in a minute. maybe.

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  11. Just beautiful! My first patchwork was a quilt too. Mammoth project to begin with -took a year to complete.I like your attitude re the corners and hand sewing - my kind of sewing too.

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  12. This is amazing! You're amazing!

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  13. Impressive work lady! Really, really impressive. Kellie xx

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  14. I love this quilt! It is my inspiration for my mini quilt for the end of my bed. I like making things that only take a few days to finish! (Although the crochet blanket is taking a whole lot longer than that!)
    The first thing I ever made was when I was about 8 years old, I made a little doll and all her clothes, including knickers and a singlet! I remember she had a massive head and was quite ugly, but I was very proud anyway! I wish I still had it!
    Rach x

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  15. What a wonderful quilt and achievement! Very inspiring :)

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  16. Looks FAB! Well done you clever thing you! I started a quilt years ago and made it and was so proud and then years later...nothing. I need a hobby and I think I need to get back into this. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  17. Oh wow! Looks beautiful. This is on my to-do list. I hope mine looks as nice as yours :)

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  18. woah! You hand quilted that?! Loving all the yellows, just beautiful.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog too :) I have been reading yours a while and loving it all.
    ~naomi

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  19. it's so lovely and your corners are much much neater than the ones i did on my quilt!

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  20. This is just beautiful, so clever!

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  21. It’s amazing and I’m in awe of your skills! :)

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  22. Oh wow - how gorgeous - I'd love to be clever enough to make something like this!!!

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  23. What a talented mama you are! I love this. And I absolutely love the look of your home in general. So full of colour and warmth.
    I think I need a hobby too. I'm dying to get a sewing machine (great idea to sell some ebay items to fund it!), and I want to get my camera out more and learn to use all the features properly. I'm so impressed with your work. x

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  24. I love your quilt, the colours are lovely. I have been a stay at home mum now for six years, and only this year have I taken up sewing, knitting, and dabbled in cake decorating. I don't know how I got through the first 5 years!!!

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  25. It's so lovely. I would love to learn how to make quilts. The first thing I made was a granny square blanket when I was 8 xo

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  26. That is awesome. Good work lady! And you hand quilted it? I'm just making a quilt for the bub and have got to the quilting stage, but hand or machine quilt that is the question? How did you do such a neat pattern?! Can you tell i'm impressed xx

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  27. ahh yes, i can see why you would be impressed- but alas, i did not do the machine quilting myself. I sent if off to a lady who does machine quilting, she did a wonderful job.

    My skills at this point were limited to straight sewing... they pretty much still are!

    So nice to hear some of your first projects- i'd love to see them to if you'd care to post about it and let me know!

    xo em

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  28. i thought i had already commented but now I can't seem to find it ...


    just wanted to say that i love love love your quilt and you have inspired me to sew my own. i am, however, balking at fabric choice.

    is yours anna maria horner? did you choose it as all separate fat quarters or in some sort of pre-matched collection? I am really having trouble envisioning the 'big picture' .....

    thanks Em x

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  29. Love it! I first made a small baby quilt and a little bird mobile in those few weeks of bliss at home before my first bub arrived. Dodgy stitches and wonky edges but it's a keeper ;-)

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em