I’m joining A Quarter Inch from the Edge to share new pics of an old quilt for Throwback Thursday. Of course the first one that came to mind was the very first quilt I ever finished (FINISHED is the key word – I made a few quilt tops before this one, but I had no idea how to quilt and finish them up!), a QAYG Crazy quilt.
I worked on this quilt in the spring of 2012, when life looked a little like this:
:: living in San Francisco for almost a year,
:: just started a new job,
:: feeling a lot better after surgery,
:: finally starting to enjoy exploring our new city, AND
:: learning to quilt!
I didn’t know anyone “in real life” who also quilted, so I read a lot of quilt blogs and watched a lot of Youtube videos… and I still do! Crazy Shortcut Quilts, by Marguerita McManus and Sarah Raffuse, was one of the first quilting books I ever bought. Since I was new to quilting, the QAYG method was a great way to actually produce a finished quilt – and it’s still one of my favorite methods of quilting! I made 15 “crazy quilt” blocks, then added 2 solid blocks and three orphan blocks leftover from a Circle Play quilting class I’d taken a couple years before for a 4 x 5 layout. It was a hodge podge in many different ways… and definitely lived up to the “crazy” in crazy quilt!
I went all out with the decorative stitches, using every single one my sewing machine had to offer… for better or worse. And don’t forget the rainbow thread! These days I probably wouldn’t choose the pink and green color scheme, and the decorative stitching hasn’t held up that well (I had a lot of problems with tension and skipped stitches) but I still love my very first quilt.
And now for the throwback part! Here are a few pics from the original blog post in 2012:
Happy Throwback Thursday! I’m linking up to A Quarter Inch from the Edge.