The Twelve Year Quilt

Catchy title, right? 🙂

Winning Hand Flimsy Quilt Top

I made this quilt top in the summer of 2004. It was my very first quilt and I made it with the guidance of three wonderful ladies I worked with at the time. We worked at our community college and when it came time to spread out our tops for viewing, rearranging, or basting we would lay everything out in the hallway. So much room! Summer meant very few students around, so we had lots of space to work in.

I made this top using a pattern called Winning Hand. The pattern book is 62 pages long! 62 pages people! I find it a bit amusing that this pattern is a ‘Quilt in a Day’ publication and it is as long as it is…. I still have it, along with the cardboard templates I used to cut the pieces. Looking at that now, I feel so old school. Ha!

Winning Hand Pattern Book

At the time, I didn’t know anything about quilting. I didn’t know there was a movement starting where people quilted their own tops on their domestic machines. I thought the only way to finish this quilt was to send it to a longarmer.

When I got the top put together I was hooked on quilting, so I immediately started on a log cabin quilt for my oldest son. I was able to finish that one and have it longarmed by a local person. Shortly after I picked up the finished quilt, the longarmer moved, so my Winning Hand quilt was packed away and eventually forgotten about.

Fast forward to 2014 and I started quilting again. I was so excited to learn I could quilt this top myself and not have to find a longarm person I was comfortable working with. But other projects kept jumping line and this one never seemed to be a priority. But you all know I am now in the process of organizing and purging my sewing space. That means cleaning up some of the WIPs I have hanging around, and this one finally made it to the top of my list to finish.

Yesterday, I basted the quilt and started stitching. Can you all do the happy dance for me??

Winning hand Flimsy Quilt Top

The Basting Process Has Started!

I’ve decided it will probably take me a while to quilt. I’ll be working on it between other paying projects, and I really want to just enjoy a project with no deadline. I will be doing a crosshatch background in all the blocks so there will be lots of marking. But I’m good with that decision. After all, I’ve waited this long so I can wait a bit longer, right?

I know you guys have WIPs that need finished. Are any of them as old as this one?

Linking up with Let’s Bee Social and Needle & Thread Thursday.



About Beth

I'm a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get "licking the spoon" mixed up with "licking the fabric"!!
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11 Responses to The Twelve Year Quilt

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  3. dezertsuz says:

    It’s definitely worth a finish! A friend was just telling me tonight that she’s made this block many times and has yet to make it perfectly, but yours look great!

  4. I love that you’ve come back to this one after so many years! Isn’t it amazing how little we understand when we first start quilting? Thank goodness we learn! Have fun quilting it in your found moments 🙂

  5. Paige says:

    I’m doing the happy dance with you! I started quilting around the same time. I will enjoy seeing your progress on it!

  6. Congratulations, take your time with it, after all you have waited this long, do it so you are not just happy but totally ecstatic with it. Will be interested to follow your progress!

  7. How exciting, Beth! You are finally finishing your FIRST QUILT!! And now that you have more experience under your belt, this top looks like it could be a lot of fun to quilt. There are so many more options and possibilities for quilting simple tops. I’m looking forward to seeing what you decide to do with it!

  8. Alison says:

    I still have not finished my first quilt either! It is about a third of the way hand quilted and I really do not enjoy hand quilting. I did hand quilt a different one for my husband as a gift, but that’s it.

  9. Tish says:

    I mine aren’t quite as old as this one, but they are not too far off from it. The sad part is a have a whole stack of them in the back room…sigh. I am joining you in your happy dance. It always feels good to know you will be crossing one off the list 🙂

  10. Happy dance going on here for you! That feeling is the best! Do you mind if I ask what kind of marking pens you use? I bought one from Leah Day’s website and am getting ready to do some feathers (first time ever! Yikes!) Just really nervous about writing on a white fabric. It’s kinda freaking me out.

  11. That is the EXACT pattern I used for my first quilt! Mine looks a lot like the cover quilt of the pattern, in fact. 🙂 I’m excited you have come back to work on it, and I look forward to seeing how you quilt it. My paternal grandmother generously hand quilted mine for me; it’s a real treasure. (And was it really 62 pages long? I did laugh a lot at the Quilt in a Day notion of that pattern. It took me almost a year to piece it together!)

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