Everyone discovers quilting at different moments in their life, and over time it slowly becomes an important part of who we are. It’s very common for people to find their love for quilting later in life, but some have been developing their skills for many years. Regardless of when you started, these moments are special because it’s through quilting that we develop special relationships with family and friends.
We were curious about when our members first started quilting, so we asked the question on Facebook. Here’s a taste of our favorite responses!
“I was 45. I grew up with my mother hand sewing her quilt tops. Then a friend of mine started quilting using her sewing machine, which got me into it. My mother was in her 80s then and I was able to cut her pieces with my rotary cutter, which she used to cut with scissors. I wish she was still here to see some of the quilts I have made.”
“I guess you’d call it beginner quilting. We were poor. I sewed scrap pieces of material together to cover a wool blanket we had been given because it was so itchy! Some pieces were oblong, some were square. I sewed them together and then attached them to the blanket. We didn’t have top sheets, so I used some of the materials we were planning to give to our rag man. I guess it was an original “Blanket of many Colors!” LOL Necessity is the Mother of Invention.” I was seventeen at the time.”
“I was 24 years old when I was pregnant with my first child. Grandma made each of us a quilt when we were kids and I was thinking of her when I made my first. I started by sewing doll clothes when I was younger, like this little girl.”
“Can’t remember when I first started but I remember grandma had a turned singer, which she still has somewhere for me. It’ll definitely be kept as a display piece one day. I also remember my other grandma making us beautiful dresses, which we would have to leave behind. On our next visit they would always be too small and we would make new ones. I still make my own patterns and clothes. I even made a Bob or two over the years 🙂 thanks to both grandmas.”
“I learned hand quilting around the Amish frame when I was 7. My mom then taught me to embroider at 8 and I began quilting at 13. I am now 70 years old and use all of these techniques every day.”
“I started sewing at 9 but was interested in quilting at age 16. I really got into it around my 30’s and now being 60, I still love doing it to this day.”
“I sewed my first garment when I was 12 years old. I then started making a patchwork quilt a couple of years later with leftover scraps from making skirts & dresses, which turned out to be the first of many unfinished projects.:) I completed my first quilt about 24 years ago for my son when he moved from a cot to a big bed. I have just given him another quilt to keep him & his lovely partner warm.”
Now it’s your turn: when do you start quilting? Let us know in the comments!