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Quilting Firsts

“First Time for Everything”

The Quilting Firsts thread is the place to post any information about your first time.  As long as its quilting related it belongs here.

We’ll give you a few examples of possible topics and then a further example of what a typical post would look like.

When you are ready to submit your story, fill out the form at the bottom of this page.

Possible Topics

This is no way limits you to what quilting firsts topic you can write about.  This is just a short list to get your imagination flowing.

Possible related posts could be:

  • The first time you made a quilt and what inspired you to make one
  • A quilting technique that you tried for the first time
  • When did you decide that you wanted to explore quilting?
  • The first kid in a candy store moment at the fabric department
  • What was your first sewing project?
  • First making of a particular size quilt
  • First quilt that was a gift

As you can see here, the list can just keep going. 

We don’t want to limit your imagination.  That’s why to sum up the idea of this thread, if your post is quilting or sewing related and it was the first time doing it, the story belongs here.

The following is an example of a typical post for the quilting firsts thread.

Example Post

This is the story of the first time I made an applique quilt.

I love the look of applique and thought I would like to try it.  After all, it can’t be that hard if everyone is doing it.  Right?

I had only made 3 quilts before. 

The first one was a full size bed quilt that I made all by hand since I hadn’t purchased a sewing machine just yet. 

The second was a twin size quilt that I quilted by hand and pieced together using the sewing machine for the first time.  That was the easiest project yet.

The third was a queen sized bed quilt made of vibrant pink and purple fabric.  It was the brightest work of art I had ever made.

This applique project was to be my forth quilt and I was really ambitious. I decided that I was going to make a king size bed quilt.  In retrospect, I think I was biting off more than I could chew to begin with.

The material that I picked out was black fabric that the applique was going to be on top of and a pretty blue green fabric for the applique.  The colored fabric was greener near the edges that gradually became a deep blue in the center. 

I figured that these materials would give my finished quilt an excellent effect.  In the end it did, but I’m still not sure if the frustration was worth it.

I had the applique pattern and directions to go off of, but they were unclear enough that I had to read it over and over for a couple of days before I even attempted to try it.

Eventually, I figured it would probably click more in my mind when I was mid-project.

When it came time to applique, it still didn’t “click” like I thought it should. 

The biggest problem I had was that the directions said to cut out the fabric pieces than cut out the corresponding fusible pieces ¼” bigger than the template.  Then Iron press the fusible onto the wrong side of the fabric, paper side facing away from iron.

I bet your thinking what I was thinking.  “How could this be right?  If the iron is what activates the sticky, won’t this start sticking to my ironing board?”

Like an idiot, I decided to follow the directions.  After all, they’re directions.  They must know what they’re doing. Right?

Guess what?  Sticking to the ironing board was exactly what happened.  In doing so, the adhesive started sticking to my iron as well.  The more pieces I pressed, the more the mess became.

I rushed through the remaining pieces just to get this headache over with. 

What I should have done after the first pressing did exactly what I thought it would, was stop.  I should have cut down the remaining fusible pieces to be ¼” smaller than the fabric pieces.

However, because I didn’t stop, I now had an ironing board cover that had to be trashed and an iron that had seen better days.  I was afraid that I would have to trash it too. 

Then I thought of how to get sticky things like glue off of a hard surface.  Rubbing alcohol to my rescue.  I rubbed a few cotton balls of it onto the irons “non-stick” tacky surface and it was good as new.

This experience taught me a lot.  One, follow your instincts. Two, troubleshooting is worthwhile. Three, there has to be a better way of doing applique.

At the time I wasn’t willing to touch another applique project until a couple had passed.  That’s when I created the way I do applique now.  It’s less messy, more accurate, less frustrating, and best of all a lot more fun.

That’s my quilting firsts story of my first and only applique horror.

Wrap Up

That story of quilting firsts is a familiar one for many quilters out there.  Hopefully, we have given you some tools and tips on how to move pass negative events and keep quilting fun.

Post your story today for the rest of us to learn, grow, and share our experiences.

Until next time.

Happy quilting,


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