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Monday, February 13, 2012

My First Quilt

Well, I've been blogging here for quite some time {eek, almost three years!}, and I have to admit, I've never shown you my first quilt. But, since tomorrow is Valentine's Day, and my first quilt is a heart quilt...I thought I'd finally post it for you.

Oh, look at that cute firefighter {sorry he's a bit out of focus, he jumped in on the photo after I'd already focused the camera...cute anyway!}...now I know why I hardly ever get anything done!

I made this quilt over ten years ago, when I was getting ready to go to college. It is backed with the same purple flowers that are on the border.  Almost all the prints came from my mom's scraps, then I chose the solids at my local Joann's.

Here is one of my favorite hearts too, ballerina bunnies...it brings back so many memories!  When I got it out this afternoon to take pictures, I remembered why quilting is so special, because really, every quilt is a kind of heirloom {I was especially convinced when both my babies were laying on it to play!}.

Now, does anyone have any suggestions for taking photos of big quilts?  This one is twin size and I used the perspective tool in Gimp to make it a little less angled...what do you do?


  1. Such a cute quilt! I photograph my quilts by hanging them with clip hangers from a door or a doorway. It's not a perfect method since the ugly hangers are in the picture, but I haven't come up with anything better yet! I'd love to hear what other people do.

  2. How special!! Maybe in 10yrs I'll show my first quilt. ;-)

    For large projects, I always take them outside and hang them on my clothesline. Then I'm able to take the photo from back far enough to get the whole thing in, and pretty much straight on so there's no angling problems.

  3. Lovely quilt! The Hearts are so sweet..and the firefighter is a cutie like all the other firefighters out there ;) hehe. Congrats on a great finish!!

  4. I've heard of people attaching them to their foam design walls with clips or pins.
    Cute + cute = awesome picture!

  5. What a cute little cute Jennie. It looks MUCH better than my first quilt! LOL, which I also made for my first baby.

    I take my quilts outside to hang them on the clothes line. My clothes line runs by the side of our barn, so I have a good back drop. Other times I have had my dh put a long metal pole in the house, and hooked my quilts to that. Or lay it down on your bed, stand on a chair and take the picture. good luck.

  6. Very pretty and I love hearts! I find it helpful to lay the quilt on a bed and take an angle photo or perhaps over a couch or chair. It's difficult to get a good shot of an entire quilt while it's laying flat. Straight on shots are difficult unless it's hanging. Props help.

  7. Love the heart quilt, so adorable. I am loving all of the advice on taking quilt photos.

  8. Very pretty for your first quilt. Mine was bowties done in blue and yellow fabrics.

  9. Just a darling heart quilt! What a great way to start!

  10. Wow, your 1st quilt was hearts??? That is so awesome!! I only do squares...

  11. Jennie!
    This quilt totally brought back memories when Julie taught you, me and some other gals how to make this quilt!
    Mine took a couple of years to finish (and I ended up only making it baby blanket size!), but I thought I would take some pictures to show you how it turned out! I love seeing yours and how beautiful it is!! I love the size too!
    Link over to our blog and I'll post pics of mine! laughingfamily.blogspot.com
    Do you know of anyone else who ended up finishing theirs??? I have no idea, but would love to!
    Blessings dear friend,

  12. How did this fly under the radar during our interview? Hmmm...odd!!! I usually ask for pics of the first! I guess I slacked during yours. I love this. You did a great job. Thanks for sharing. I have my first (which looks impressive but almost turned me from quilting) too.


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