When I participated in the Parade of Quilts a couple of weeks ago, it made me think back to some of my early quilts. I'd only been quilting for a short time when my grandfather was turning 80 and a big family party was planned. I saw a beaver quilt in a book by Margaret Rolfe (I believe it was A Quilter's Ark), and I knew I had to make the quilt for my grandpa, who had a long-standing love/hate relationship with a family of beavers on his ranch property.
I had no idea what I was doing quilt-wise back then, but when I finished piecing this top, I thought it needed "something more" and bought a book on Seminole piecing so I could make a pieced border to liven it up. Pretty creative for a novice! I also took a machine quilting class so I could finish the quilt myself.
My fabric choices back then make me cringe a little now, but Grandpa loved the quilt. Sadly, my Grandpa Claude passed away in December 2006, but now his little beaver quilt has a new happy home with my mom.