This isn't the first quilt I made, this is just the first quilt I ever owned. My grandma made it for me about 10 years ago. (I can't remember exactly but I think it was about 10 years) It was her 2nd or 3rd quilt. She was taking lessons from my aunt who is a very talented quilter and used to own a longarm quilting machine. Before My aunt started quilting I didn't even know what a quilt was. We used comforters on our beds and I thought that was what everyone used.
Well, my grandma made this quilt for me and I have loved quilts ever since. Very shortly after she gave it to me I started learning how to quilt myself.
I love this quilt because It has a lot of great memories around it. Not only was it hand made just for me but it is extremely well used. I has seen many a beach bonfire, picnics, camping trips, naps in the backyard, it has gotten a lot of use!
It is a great example of why quilts are so great. I took a picture of this seam that came loose about a year ago. Yes, a year ago, this seam came loose and it is still fine everywhere else. I plan to mend it soon but the point I'm trying to make is that quilts are so sturdy because of the quilting process and all that thread. A quilt is really a long lasting treasure, a useful gift (if you quilt for others) that will last them for many many years, maybe their whole life if they are kinder to their quilt than I am. You can't buy a comforter and expect it to last this long!
My grandma pieced the top but my aunt quilted it. I think she did a beautiful job! She did a curvy outline of the stars and stippling around them.
Then on the borders she did stars that don't show very well in this picture but they are really nice on the green and a loopy zig-zag on the white.
My husband took this picture of a praying mantis he found on our orange tree over the weekend. We thought it was pretty cool.