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Debbie’s First Quilt

Debbie brought in her first quilt for the Parade of Quilts that Camille and Carrie concocted. Not too shabby, eh? What can I say, the lady was destined to make great quilts!

The quilt bug bite me about 22 years ago as I was anticipating making a quilt for the daybed in my soon-to-be new baby daughters nursery. I’ve been sewing all my life, including making my own clothes as well as my kids’ clothing. So how hard could it be to follow a quilt pattern and make a quilt? Problem was, the pattern I chose was very difficult with lots of little triangles. But, I started in and soon found out that I needed some “tips”. I made the phone call to my local quilt shop, signed up for a beginning quilting class, and the rest is history. The quilt I made in class is the one pictured.

After I mastered the techniques, then I went back to the quilt for the daybed and had no problem finishing it. I vowed to save this “first” quilt forever because I just knew that someday someone would want to know where I “started”. I’m so glad I did, because now is the opportunity to show you! Good news is, I have aspired to bigger and better things! Who would have thought that I would be working for an online fabric company someday doing what I now do. So here is the “after” quilt 21 years later.

I love batiks and paper-piecing and have taught this class many times! I attribute my quilting ability to my very first beginning quilt teacher in Davis, California, and my mom who taught me how to sew!

Debbie Taylor
Fat Quarter Shop


  1. What great quilts, both of them! I was thinking just recently that I had so much fun learning to quilt, that if I could, I'd want to do it all over again!

  2. That is an impressive first quilt. I'm glad you saved it. And the most recent quilt is awesome. I want to learn that technique some day.

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. It is just me, or are your points pretty much perfect on your first quilt? Amazing! I'm so glad you hung onto it so we could all enjoy it 22 years later. And that second quilt- Wow! I'm going to have to bow down to you on that one. There is no way I could do that!

    Thanks for joining in the quilt parade!