Jan at Be*Mused inspired me to post about my first quilt (check hers out by the way).
This “biscuit” quilt was made by me in the mid-1970’s; I used a pattern from McCall’s. The biscuits were made by stuffing pleated squares and sewing the biscuits together to make the quilt.
I never liked this quilt. Why?
- I broke a couple of double needles trying to stitch those biscuits into submission, and decided to zig-zag them together instead (doesn’t the stitching look lovely? Yikes!)
- Sewing the stuffed squares together was tedious, and I didn’t do a very good job.
- The quilt was not warm, because I had skimped and put only one layer of poly batting in the biscuits instead of two. The batting rolled up into a ball inside the biscuit and let lots of air through the quilt.
- The fabrics were all the calicos I could find (most from J.C. Penney fabric department), likely a poly/cotton blend. Kind of an icky feel. But didn’t those colors hold up? Barbara Brackman recently introduced a line of Old Fashioned Calicos that are similar to these, but I bet hers are cotton and nicer to touch.
I even had a death wish for this quilt. I brought it to Michigan State University while I was a student, thinking that “wouldn’t it be great if someone steals this from my room?” Hah. No one wanted it.
So I still have my humble first quilt, and it protects the top of my Grandma’s cedar chest from scratches and bumps.