Carrie at LaVieEnRoise and Camille at Simplify have challenged readers to show their first quilt along with their most recent quilt. I've shown this once before, but here again is my very first quilt, in all it's mismatched points' glory.
I started making this quilt in 1993. It was a pattern from Quiltmaker magazine called Winkin' Blinkin' and Nod. From this project I learned that templates are not for beginners, and that cardboard does not make a suitable template for rotary cutting. What difference does it make if you slice off a little sliver of cardboard with each cut? A lot, apparently!
Notice, if you will, the intersections of the pinwheel blocks in my second photo that don't come anywhere close to meeting! Click the photo to get a closer look. Go ahead. I guarantee it will make anyone feel better about their piecing skills! (and you can probably see my wonky attempt at machine quilting as well)
My quilt guild did a "Then and Now" feature at their show in 2008 and my first quilt was displayed along with a sampler quilt that I finished in 2007. Yes, I do feel like I have grown a great deal in my technique since 1993.
For this blog post, I'm going to show another picture of my most recent finish - the Paisley Parade top designed by Laurie Simpson that was on the cover of Quilt Sampler magazine last summer.