Wednesday, January 26, 2011

My first quilt

I can't believe it but I may have just completed my first quilt.

It's a baby quilt for a friend of mine who is currently living in Paris. I've known her for 20 years. We met in Grade 5 when we both ended up auditioning for the same children's choir. I remember clearly that she was wearing a t-shirt with strawberries all over it when we were first introduced.

Up until recently we both lived in Montreal, where we haphazardly met in the hallway at McGill not knowing that we were both attending graduate school there. Days before we both moved away, me to Edmonton and she to Paris, she told me she was pregnant. It was nice to be able to share that moment in person.

I've been thinking about her a lot ... wondering what it would be like to be pregnant, living overseas, and so far away from my own mother.

And so here it is, the first quilt! It's based on an extremely simple pattern called stacked coins that I bought at a sewing and crafting fair. I ended up combining these soft colours hoping that it would be suitable whether this baby ends up being a boy or a girl.

The back is pieced, which is what you can see in the picture above and the quilting is extremely simple, just stitching in the ditch.  But I'm happy with it. Even with its many imperfections and a little wonkiness in places.

I don't think the baby is due for a couple of weeks which means this project may actually arrive in time to welcome the baby home!


Anonymous said...

Congratulations! And welcome to the quilting club.
Warning! It can become addictive.

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