It has been a while since I last posted about crafty things, but in that time my hands have not been. I take time everyday to do something, even the smallest crafty thing. It may mean a row of knitting, a sketch, sewing a hem or one or two rows of quilting. Since April of this year I have started this little daily ritual and it has made me a happier person, (thank you Kathy!)
Yesterday saw the end of five months worth of daily 10-15 minute work, in the form of a new twin sized quilt for S. We knew back in April that eventually she would move out of her toddler bed and into a twin size, so I began making a quilt for that future bed. I started by picking out lots of fabric from my favorite store and pinning it. Then I asked S which fabrics she loved the most. All of the different fabric you see in the quilt were her choice, I just made sure there was continuity in color and patterns. Then I got to work making up the pattern. It’s basically one square and two rectangles. It repeats down the column. Then the next column is two rectangles and a square. This pattern alternates back and forth all the way across. As for the quilting I did an echo stitch, that runs outside of the seam lines by 1/4 of an inch.
I am not a quilter, but there is something really beautiful about making a quilt. The amount of time that goes into planning, preparing fabric, cutting, organizing, sewing, sandwiching layers and pinning them together, quilting the whole thing and adding a binding is really mind boggling. There were many times I asked my self why the heck I was doing it? Making a baby quilt with some fat quarters is one thing, but when you step up to a twin size with different shape cuts, that’s a whole other ball game. But the reason I did it was because it felt good. It felt really good to tell S tonight as she snuggled under the blanket that I made it for her so that I could wrap her in love in the night. So that she wouldn’t have to feel lonely when I’m not with her. (She has a deep fear that I will disappear into thin air, mind you we’ve never been apart more than two hours in her whole life).
Her new mattress was purchased before I could get the quilt done. She had her little blanket I made for her on the mattress but it wasn’t covering anything. It was a bit silly really. But last night I finished it and now it sits proudly on her bed filling her room with color. She declares it a great blanket to jump on. I hope this quilt will be loved for a long time and that it gets worn thread bare. I hope we have to patch it and patch it and eventually cut it up and turn it into other things. Quilts made for people should be loved to death I think!
Just as an FYI the fabric is a mix of Lotta, Kokka, Birch Fabrics, Robert Kauffman, Moda.
I know you all are a bunch of crafty people, will you share a quilt story with me? Have you ever received a handmade quilt or made one for someone else?