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Monday, July 23, 2007

My First Quilt: Cynthia M-R

Cynthia M-R writes:

I made this quilt in 1977 for my son Donald. My pregnancy was a difficult one and I spent 2 months in the hospital. With much time on my hands I made this hand sewn cathedral window quilt, from a book called Golden Hands. It truly was a labour of love and with every stitch he grew stronger within. Don was born June 28, 1977 weighing in at 7 lbs 6 oz and 2 inches short of two feet at birth! He's now 6'2" and I've remained 5'2...eyes of blue.

As I looked over the stitches made all those years ago I smiled, I've improved with age. At that time I knew nothing of quilting nor did I even think of the coverlet as a quilt. My fabric was polyester/cotton, very popular in its day and was purchased at Mara's Fabric Store in the old Covent Garden Market some 30 years ago.

Quilts are memories stitched in time and when I look at this quilt I think of my Donny and in his pram, covered with this labour of love.

Thanks Cynthia! Cynthia is of course our guild president for the 2007-8 term.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Dear Sunbonnet Sue: Mitered Borders

Dear Sunbonnet Sue:

I would like to try to do mitered corners on the quilt top I am working on. What is the easiest way to do this? The quilt top has a 1.5 inch inner border and a 4.5 inch outer border. Would it be easier to stitch them together before attaching them to the top, stitch them to the quilt and then miter the corners?

Thank you,
Debbie S.


Thanks for your question. The short answer to your question is yes, stitch them together first, then to the quilt and then miter the corners. This way your seam will be continuous and straight.

Mitered borders come together at an angle from the corner of the quilt, like a frame used for pictures. Here are some links to instructions on how to miter corners:

McCalls Quilting, Fons and Porter, and Quilt Frenzy that has super detailed photos of the process.

Friday, July 13, 2007

My First Quilt: Christine R.

As you read a couple of weeks ago in Carol's entry, I made my first quilt in 1995 in an introductory class put on by the PUC. I had two toddlers at the time, and was in need of some "outside stimulation". Carol and I thought quilting would be fun so we signed up for the class. I never would have imagined all the joy it would bring- of friendship and of creating something by hand that could be enjoyed by many.
Here is my version of the PUC sampler. It hangs above my bed at the cottage.
It was made of fabrics purchased at Quilters' Supply. A nice lady helped me to pick out some fabrics that would co-ordinate with the blue fabric (tossed with red cherries) that caught my eye.
All in all, it was a lovely experience. I got out of the house, learned all the skills I needed to start quilting on my own, and best of all I was able to spend time with a dear friend.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

My First Quilt: Carol V

My best friend Christine and I, decided to take a quilting course offered through the PUC in 1995. Previously we had taken a stained glass course together and had such a great time, we wanted to try something else and Christine suggested quilting. I found all my notes I had taken during the course, including swatches of the fabric. The course was taught be a D. Shea...where is she now? I would like to thank her for the beginning of what turned out to be such an addictive hobby!

It was a sampler wall hanging, the names of the blocks were (clockwise from left top) 'Card Tricks', 'Eddystone Light', 'Weather Vane' and the applique was '4 Tulips'. I bought the fabric from the now defunct Duthler's Textiles. I had fallen in love with the blue starry fabric, I had to have some! I was so into stars back then :)

Here is a close up of the label I cross-stitched to match 'Eddystone Light' block. Before I got into quilting, I was very much into cross-stitch and I love to mix the two.

Carol V.

You can visit Carol's blog here. We look forward to seeing Christine's version of her first quilt sampler, too! Please send in an email of your first quilt to lfqguild at