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Aug 1, 2013

First Quilts on the First: Vanessa of V and Co.

Aug 1, 2013
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It's August already?!?  Where has the summer gone?  Well, August 1st means thinking about back to school and time for the next guest feature on GXQ's First Quilts on the First.

Please welcome Vanessa of V and Co. to tell us about her First.  Vanessa is such a talented and animated person.  I love the way her personality comes out in her writing.  Her popular fabric lines (Simply Color and Simply Style for Moda - now available here and here and here!) are such fresh and fun collections of color.  Vanessa also has many patterns available and even her book Make It Sew Modern.  She shares with us her first - letting us know that tears are okay!  :)

i'm so excited that i was asked to share with all of you my very first quilt. 
i made this "rag quilt" with a wonderful group of seasoned quilter friends. i along with one other were the only ones in the group that had never made a quilt before. so as a group we went and picked out fabric enough to make (i think) 6 throws and the idea would be that we would all walk away with the same "friendship quilt".
as the years would pass we could look at it and think of our group of friends. 
i am proud to say that it still hangs out prominently in my home. (in our basement but still prominently!) and yes, i still think fondly of those wonderful women that held my hand and said "you can cut the fabric, there's no need to cry. seriously...its just fabric." 
looking at the colors you can probably guess when it was made! early 2000 when the reds and the greens and the tans and the yellows were very popular is a dead giveaway.
i remember going to the store and picking out the flannel with a couple of the friends. it was exciting and fun and i absolutely loved the picking out of fabric process.
i did have a hard time cutting into the fabric. and yes i did cry. i was scared that i was going to ruin the fabric make a mistake or something. 
they told me "it's just fabric."
i yelled back "ITS FABRIC!!"
 i did end up putting on my big girl panties and i cut the squares and didn't line up all my seams that great, but darn it i had made a quilt!
and i will forever love it. because it started the journey of what i create now:
reverse hopscotch
 see i still love mixing and matching colors and prints. and i no longer cry because i'm afraid of making a mistake. mistakes help you learn. understand how not to do something, and sometimes mistakes come out with pretty cool outcome.
i heart you quilt pattern V and Co.
 one thing is for sure, i still love color. sometimes i focus on just one color like in my i heart you quilt  here we have all the shades of pink (ombre fabric by V and Co.)
houndstooth quilt pattern V and Co.
and sometimes a quilt like my houndstooth quilt just needs to be simple and two toned.
bubbles (baby version) V and Co.
i struggle to label myself as modern or
kaleidoscope quilt pattern  V and Co.
 traditional in the quilting world. i feel like i am a little bit of both every single time.
confetti quilt pattern (baby version) V and Co.
but what ever kind of quilter i am, i'm glad i am one.
bloom quilt pattern V and Co.
the dutchman quilt (free pattern coming soon)
it's very much a part of who i am and what i love to do. i am forever grateful for that first quilt because it has led me to keep trying new things and finding a passion in something that i hope to instill in anyone who wants to listen. quilting is the best.
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  1. Amazing quilter. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Love the part about which quilter she is... that was so inspirational with all that we hear today (is it modern? is it traditional?). Thanks for a great read this morning!

  3. I love that it looks so different from what she does now but she still embraces it and is proud of it!

  4. Thank you for sharing!!! very inspirational and such beautiful quilts!!! thank you!


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