Oh those first efforts. The very first effort was a biscuit quilt. You know, the kind where you stuff each little pillow like biscuit and sew them together. Well, the first one must have weighed 80 lbs. The recipient in fear of being crushed under it, gave it to her dog as a bed. Alas, although disappointed in her actions, I stitched on.
Then I was going to have a baby and wanted a special quilt. I purchased a kit and embroidered the center. Even I must say the embroidery was and still is beautiful. Then time was getting short and I NEEDED to finish the project. Well, those pieces did not fit together like they did in the picture so I just stitched them down. Better done than perfect. YIKES! But wait there is more. I put a 100% cotton batting in the piece and instead of actually quilting it, I tied it. Need I explain what happened when I initially washed the quilt. Heavy sigh.
As my son got to be a big boy of 5 I gave him quilt blocks as a gift for Christmas one year. Yeah, I was “that mom”. And then a top the next year. Well, that was over 30 years ago. I used the best fabric I could afford at the time and chose those fabrics for their color. My son, who is in the navy now, and in his mid-30’s will be getting his quilt this week. It is finally finished. One of my oldest UFO’s is finally done.
My sister Terry of Terry Burris Quilting, quilted this quilt with the same attention to detail as she would have quilted a showstopper quilt. She chose the quilting patterns to reflect the subject matter, and did a beautiful job, elevating this humble effort to something special. In doing so she elevated my confidence to continue trying and making my best efforts with every block I construct.
At the same time I created a quilt for my daughter. I would watch Georgia Bonesteel and Eleanor Burns on PBS and was so inspired by how simple they make it look. My daughters quilt is a sampler. Again, this is not constructed using high-end quilt fabrics, but there are a couple of local quilt shop fabrics in there mixed with some broadcloth and sheeting, as it was what I could afford as a stay at home mom at the time. Terry Burris quilted this piece also. I didn’t even notice my errors, as I was just so enamored by the finished product. Each block was treated as a treasure.
So, stick with your journey. We all start as beginners. No one is perfect at the start. It takes practice. Enjoy each and every accomplishment, and even learn something from the failures. But above all…stitch on.