Thursday, December 3, 2015

Throwback Thursday, A Mini Carpenter Square

Dusting off the cobwebs today!
I made this in 1985!
Rudely constructed, yet I still love it.
It hangs proudly in my walk-in closet, "For Mine Eyes Only".

Until now.
I found the Carpenter's Square Mini pictured in a library book. After all these years, I have no idea the title of that book, but I am pretty sure it did not have much instruction about quilting.
Certainly I was unaware of any rules to this game.
Prior to my rotary cutter, I measured and cut each strip. The binding is folded over from the back.
Ignorance is bliss!

Quilt Stats:
15" Square Finish
Fabrics: Muslin, Yarn-dyed blue cotton solid, Poly/Cotton Burgundy.
Batting: Yucky Polyester, the fibers are popping through the backing..
Quilting: Hand-quilted with a thin polyester thread. The back looks especially unskilled and I did not know to bury knots.

Thank you Jenn, for encouraging us to expose, record our past and share our quilting journey!


  1. It took many years before I learned about burying threads, too! Those rings are a great hanging solution, by the way. :)

  2. One day I want to learn how to hand quilt, thanks for sharing.

  3. It's adorable! It wants to come out of the closet!

  4. I love this little quilt! Our beginnings are often very humble. Your hand-quilting is beautiful and I love the woven effect.

  5. I don't think it needs to hang in your closet! That's some lovely hand quilting. I still don't know how to bury threads and I've been at this a while. Thank you for linking up with Throwback Thursday @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge!

  6. This is a beautiful quilt, and you should be proud of it. My first quilt is displayed from time to time - I too made mine back in the day when there were no rules - well none that I knew, and I winged it as I went along. Look at that intricate design and that lovely hand quilting.

  7. Lovely! No quilt police over here. LOL

  8. Given the surge in interest in minis, I think this one needs to come out of the closet. It has a neat graphic design that makes it much more modern than 1985!

  9. This is a really neat design. I think it could also be cool in a maxi...

  10. You did it really well Heidi! Isn't it fun to see how much you've grown and changed, but then realize that you started off pretty great too?


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