In 1998 I made my first "real" quilt for my daughter. She had just left home for college and I wanted to make something special for her.
I had always dreamed of making quilts and quilt making was a part of my soul, even before I actually made one.
My first memories of this quilt obsession was when I was about 10. I collected squares of fabric in a box, but never made the quilt. I Don't know what ever happened to that box of squares.
In the early 1980s I ordered Georgia Bonesteel's Lap Quilting book through the mail. I would sit and study this book for hours. I didn't have a quilt frame, so lap quilting was the answer!
So my first real quilt was a Sampler Quilt made from the patterns in this book. The anchor fabric was a "cat" print in blues, browns, and beiges. My daughter liked cats and the color blue a lot when she was young.
Here are close ups of a few of the blocks:
PINWHEEL AND CARD TRICKS
LITTLE DUTCH GIRL/SUNBONNET SUE
SAILS IN THE SUNSET
HOUSE ON THE HILL
THE BACK OF THE QUILT
Not shown is the top right hand block which is a friendship block. In the center is a square that I cross stitched my daughter's name, the date and my name, with love, of course.