Monday, July 6, 2009

My First Quilt

Monday, July 6, 2009
camille & carrie have started "parade of quits"

with the goal being... show your first quilt.. and your most recent finish.

we all know we learn a lot along the way
and i'm no exception...

if you have read my first ever post on this blog you'll know that this isn't the first quilt i started... but it is the first one i finished... and i don't know if my brother even knows that...
lots learned... but this quilt is sooo full of love!


i took solid fabric and screen printed the mini design on it... i drew the logo by hand with black ink on acetate back in college...


if you couldn't guess my brother is a huge mini fan... he is also a really great photographer... check out his work... i'll be flying out to LA to visit him in 2 weeks! my trip just happens to overlap with Quilt Festival in long beach!! ..just happened ;-) .. anywho i'll be visiting to help them pack to move into their new house!! and pick paint colors... i love getting to design!


and now back to the quilts...

so that brings us to most recent finish...
and as much as i'd like to be able to show you one of my new works that shows how much i've learned...
but as fate has it my most recent finish is a quilt that took 4 years to finish...
not that i worked on it each day...
but its kinda cool fate that camille & carrie's timing lets me focus on how far i've come by showing how sometimes it takes a while to get there... i had to suck it up and deal with the things i did in the piecing that i'd never do now... but they were all i knew at the time... and in the end... its a beautiful quilt...



here is a close up... the fabric has all kinds of sweet wedding wishes...


i hope you enjoy the history of my quilts... and will stick around to see what is yet to come!

21 comments:

Blue is Bleu said...

My dad would've loved your first finished quilt! He was the president of the Mini Society in Singapore for years so you can imagine his obsession hehe!

Carrie said...

Hi Julie! I love both quilts! Screenprinting! Too cool! I have always wanted to learn how to do that on fabric... just to play around with something different.

And that's the awesome thing about quilting ~ it's as much about life as anything. You have to stick it out, you have to figure things out for yourself, and you have to find out what works for you. It isn't easy, you won't be good at it overnight, but if you put your heart into it, you'll create something wonderful.

Like both of your quilts. :) (P.S. Nice to meet you ~ and I love your little Coupon Clutch on MBS.)

Sherri said...

I love them both!

Jackie said...

You know I love the mini quilt! A stroke of genius to do the printing yourself.

Michelle said...

Both quilts are fabulous. I look forward to seeing your work in the years to come.

Lisa D. said...

Wow - those are 2 very graphically stunning quilts! Does it matter how long it takes to finish? They both look spectacular!

Thimbleanna said...

Wow -- that mini quilt is really cool -- lucky, lucky brother!

PunkiePie said...

Your first quilt is pretty cool! I'm loving the block design. Great job!

beth said...

i've made a lot of wedding quilts this year and i love the sweet fabric you used in the center of the blocks. good job!

Nicole said...

Amazing quilts, both of them! Love the idea of using screen prints to personalize things. And your brother's photography? OMG!

rachel griffith said...

love them both.
:)

dokiquilts said...

thanks for visiting my blog--i'm glad i found yours :-) your first quilt is one of the nicest i've seen--first or not! i'm so impressed that you screen printed your own fabric!

Camille said...

Holy cow, what is with all of these amazing first quilts? Where did you all come from? That mini quilt is AWESOME. Awesome!!

Alyson said...

I love the mini quilt!! Wow, what a great idea! Love your blog...

Lynette Anderson said...

OMG I just love the mini quilt. I drive a red cooper S she is called Sally. Let me know if you have any screen printed bits left over...maybe they need a new home x x

Amanda said...

I love them both, too!

Deborah said...

I love the screenprinting. That is just too cool and his photography is beautiful. But I absolutely adore the blue quilt. I love the blue blocks with 2 half stars. This one goes in my...oh, I've got to try that...box!

onlymehere said...

Fun first finished quilt! I really love the latest one with the blues and whites. You do great work. Cindy

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

Love the way you personalized your brother's quilt. How smart to do you own screen-printing. And the blue star quilt is gorgeous!

What a coincidence that you'll just happen to be in Long Beach for the Quilt Festival! :) Hope you have a great time!

amber johnson said...

Both are impressive. I can't believe you made up that logo and had it printed onto fabric. That is awesome. And, your second one is beautiful. I love the pattern and the soft blue and white. Good job!

Me said...

I'm looking to do the same thing for my sister. She is obsessed with her MINI. And she loves red and black. I want to do a quilt for her for her 30th birthday. That one is gorgeous.