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First Quilts

What does your first quilt look like?  Do you remember?  Do you still have it?  How does it compare with your recent work?

This is Jen's first quilt.  Not sure of the year.  She unexpectedly joined my group of friends at the Paul Smith Quilt Camp in upstate NY.  She was stepping in for someone who couldn't attend, so she took the classes that were for the other person.  

​A portrait class taught by Faye Anderson was Jen's first introduction to quilting.  Her artistic skills in school were good and I always encouraged her to do more and find her niche.  

This is Jen's self-portrait - she changed her hair to red since I'm a redhead and always wanted a redheaded child. About 12" square. Other than the boasting of a proud mother, there was a point to my post.  

While it was great that Jen jumped in to an artistic class, she realized after quilting for a few years, that she missed some of the basics.  She had to take a step back to find those technical, easy to learn, but not intuitive, little pieces of quilting construction.   

Do you fit into that category?  I am developing a "learn-a-different-technique-in-each-block" online quilt class that will span over many months.   It will be a free class, I just ask that you sign up so that we can have a dialogue as the quilt progresses.   

If you are interested, please email me at 


On the Design Wall​