I was digging through my big box of quilt files this afternoon...magazine tear-outs, ebay printoffs, old show catalogs...and came across a slide sheet filled with slides of my first quilts from my newlywed days in the mid-1970s. This is my very first quilt!
The slide is overexposed, so I tweaked it a bit in Picasa but the image still a little washed out and yellowish. It was quite vibrant! I used 'calicoes' available at the time, some cottons and some blends. There weren't many options available then. No quilt shops. Mostly fabric departments at JCPenney and department stores. I used hot pink kettle cloth for the center squares...so modern for the time, when everyone was remaking traditional quilts during those Bicentennial years. Kettle cloth was sturdier than calico, which was helpful structurally because this piece was tied through the centers and at the block corners with embroidery floss (extra-thick batting and a percale sheet backing). At the time, I couldn't imagine ever hand-quilting a whole quilt!
Here's the best blast-from-the-past. No rotary cutters then. I made separate templates (out of cereal box cardboard) for each strip size and traced and hand-cut each piece. One hundred and twenty one blocks' worth. Sadly, I no longer have the quilt, which was a family favorite. But I do have a few pieces of cloth that I used in my stash.
Ok, playtime's over...back to the task at hand. Have a great weekend! (Do you still have your first quilt?)