I have been wanting to share my first quilt.
I don't want to share it because it is anything spectacular; quite the opposite, actually. I want to share it because of it's simplicity. Simple 4 and a half inch squares. I like it not for its aesthetic beauty but for the memories it holds for me. I remember tracing around a cardboard template with a ball point pen and cutting out the squares with my scissors. I love that there is no doubt when these fabrics were collected. I would sit on the couch and pin the squares together with pins every quarter to half inch. I can't believe I pinned them! This quilt was finished in 1976.
It is made from fabrics left from clothes that my sisters and I made for ourselves and some made by our mother.
There are even a couple of fabrics from my friend P in our 4-H club.
My oldest sister made a dress out of that kelly green and a pinafore out of the castles in the sky fabric. I could not wait until she had outgrown that set and I could wear it! I had to make sure that the two fabrics were together in the quilt.
I look at these fabrics now and can't imagine any middle schooler today wearing anything made out of these.
All three of us had dresses and matching shorts out of this "little bird" fabric.
It wouldn't have been the 1970s without the mushrooms.
Does anyone else remember a fabric called kettle cloth? That linen look polyester that came in sooooo many colors. It would never wear out. This whole quilt is backed in beige kettle cloth.
Can't you picture it- on my bed in my basement room with the kelly green built in desk and shelves and green and white paneling. The gold shag carpet pulled it all together, I think. Yep. It was the 70s.
I don't use it anymore because all that polyester makes me sweat. But, it is fun to get it out and look at it every once in a while.