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Apr 3, 2012

First Quilts on the First: Lori of Adventures in Fabric

Apr 3, 2012
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Hi everyone!  Just checking in here to bring you this month's First Quilt on the First feature.  Things have been a little nuts at GXQ central....  3 days after bringing baby home, we put our house on the market.  So the past few weeks have been a blur of adjusting to 3 little ones and countless home showings.  Hopefully, things will settle down soon and I can squeeze in a little sewing time!

Today's feature on First Quilts on the First is Lori of Adventures in Fabric.  She has been quilting for just a couple years... but you can see she has accomplished much in that short time.  Lori says she tries to learn one new thing with each project - a great way to expand your horizons!  Let's learn more about her first quilt....

Hi everyone!  I’m Lori from adventures in fabric, and I’m so excited to be heretoday at Gen X Quilters!  Thanks forhaving me, AnneMarie.  I’m here to tell you about how I started quilting.  My adventures began back in January of 2011. I have always enjoyed crafty projects, but had never worked with fabric.  I suddenly became inspired when one of the wonderful ladies that I worked with started bringing her projects toshow me.  My first thought was, “That can’t be that hard, right?”  However,there was a slight problem, I had never touched a sewing machine, and I barely had the skills to sew a button on a shirt. But I wasn’t about to let that stop me. So, I called my mom and asked to borrow her old sewing machine.  That’s where my quest began.

My first quilt was more of a trial run.  I didn’t want to purchase expensive fabric just in case I really messed things up, which was a definite possibility!  So I went to a common chain fabric store and picked up a fat quarter set and went to work.  I cut my fabrics into 5 inch squares and started piecing them all together. Although my first quilt is not something I would call a masterpiece, it does play an important part in my quilting experience.  As soon as I finished that first quilt, I knew quilting was going to be something that I did for the rest of my life!

Since then, I have tried a variety of projects, big and small.  I try to learn at least one new thing with each project that I start.   Over the past year, I have been making quilts for all 5 of my nieces and nephews.  My most recent finish was a quilt for my 15 year old nephew, Seth.  I wanted something that was masculine and modern, so I sketched out this design for him.  The quilt hasn’t made it to its new home yet but hopefully it will be well received.

The thing I love most about quilting is that there’s always something else that you can learn.  I try to make yearly and monthly goals formyself, always trying to stretch myself and improve my skills.  For this year, my bigger goals are to:

1.    Learn to Free Motion Quilt.

2.    Design my own pattern.

3.    Make a quilt for the master bedroom!!!

4.    Start a flickr swap

I am in the process of completing the fourth goal as we speak!  My friend Julie, who blogs at JolieMaxtin, and I are opening a new flickr swap today!  We are calling it the “Modern She Made Swap”. Sign ups begin today and close April 6th.  Stop by and check it out!

AnneMarie, thank you so much for featuring me today.  I always love seeing what is going on over here!

And if you like you are always welcome tocome visit me at adventures in fabric.  You can check out my other finished projects there as well!  There’s always something going on over in my neck of the woods!  Be sure to say hello while you’re there!


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  1. AnneMarie...are you insane? Listed the house? We actually did the same, but waited until our 3rd baby was 4 weeks old ;) So I totally feel your pain!! I hope you are hanging in there and that the showings will end soon with a big fat SOLD sign on your lawn! Good luck and take care!

  2. I really love how you have specific goals and consciously search for something new to learn from each project. Looking back on projects I realize that I have learned something from at least most of them, but I don't think I've ever really been aware of it before. Thanks Lori! :) I think I am going to start looking at things differently now. I also love how you just started quilting. Simple as that! You are amazing. ;)

  3. I love reading all your first quilt features, thanks Annemarie!


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