When I was 14 yrs old my Mother-in-law taught me the basics of quilting. I decided I wanted to make a quilt for my hope chest. Mom mostly made utility quilts meaning we used the materials on hand. Pieces were from worn out clothing using the parts that were still good or left over scraps from making clothing. Usually the quilt pieces were as large as they could be (cut into squares or rectangles) then sewn together to make the tops. Some times the backs were made the same way.The batting we were using was creslan (sp?). I was white kind of fluffy, but it had hard spots that could not be sewn through. Quilting stitches a lot of the time were an inch apart to sew through the layers.
My love of quilting came from my grandma, she made beautiful pieced quilts using lots of different quilt designs. Her quilts were made from clothing scraps also, but she always had pretty designs. So when I began my quilt I wanted to at least cut my squares small... well I guess 5" squares aren't really small, but it was small enough that my future Mom-in-law fussed at me about wasting time. Here of some pictures of my wedding quilt. It was the 1st quilt I made mostly by my self, if I remember right my husband helped me quilt it. I don't have any pictures of the quilt until at least a year after I was married.
My oldest son, Scott napping on the wedding quilt.
Me playing with Scott. Here the wedding quilt was being used as padding. The small square quilt, Scott is laying on was a store bought quilt (top was one piece).
Here it is again about 7 or 8 years latter, with my 2nd son, David.
I still have the quilt, but it is in really rough shape. I was used and loved by each member of my family. For a while it was used for some pets, then I decided I wanted to keep it to use as examples in quilt classes.
I'm so thankful to my mom-in-law for teaching me the basics of quilting and for the example of her life.
I beseech you therefore, brethern, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.