There is nothing like the singing of the robins to herald the return of Spring. They also are just one small, but important reminder that we are all creatures of this great planet, we call earth. Whether it is through recycling, picking up litter, carrying out our own litter so not to leave a footprint when hiking, feeding the birds, or by planting a tree; there is always something we can do to protect our earth home. Hopefully, we can all do our part so that our children, grandchildren, and all future people can enjoy what we enjoy. Happy Earth Day. ~
Yea… it is done! Here is my first T-shirt quilt. I started this while in our Covid-19 lockdown after I got tired of doing a puzzle. I like puzzles. But quilts are puzzles… just with fabric, right? Also, hopefully you won’t be taking them apart. I am not going to call this my Covid quilt, though. But quilting has helped so much to calm and soothe me during these times of uncertainty, especially when the bad news kept droning on. It has given me a certain peace and something to plan when not being able to go as much as I want. Not to mention, I have good music in my sewing room.
I have been on a mission over the years to make each of my closest family members a quilt. It has taken me much longer than originally planned as I am a slow quilter. But it is always fun when another one is completed. Because each project takes me so long, I call this my ‘Cheap’ hobby. (Buying fabric for the stash is a separate hobby, of course.)
Tips for making a t-shirt quilt. Don’t forget to use at least a mid-weight stabilizer. Some people like to put their shirts together in strips. I can now see where this can be helpful as I had to keep ‘growing’ the sashes to get it to fit together right. I decided to put it together in sections … like a puzzle. Not everyone pre-washes fabric, but I did. I don’t trust red not to do its own thing, sometimes ugly. I had to be patient in receiving the Grand Canyon fabric panel, but it was worth the wait. The only thing is the panel is so beautiful, the quilt is now reversible. An unexpected surprise for me. So when it is reversible, where do you put the label? Another quilting friend suggested to just leave it off. What!!! But I decided to just do a very small one that does not stand out too much. Overall, I am happy with how it turned out. More important and the best of all, the person it was made for loved it. So, Happy Quilting. ~
I know I post mostly poetry and photography, but another love of mine that I have not shared so much is my love for quilts. It seems they are all vying for my time. When I am not doing the other, I can be found cutting up perfectly good fabric from my stash and making new creations. If I lived forever, I would always have more quilt ideas than I could possibly ever make. However, this doesn’t really matter as it is more about the art of quilting and sharing that love with others.
This love of quilts came early when as a child my grandmother would let me sleep under one of the colorful quilts at her house. When it came time to go to bed, we would lay on the bed and she would tell me about the pattern, stories of the quilt pattern, or about the pieces of fabrics in the quilt. She had Sun Bonnet Sue’s, Ladies with Parasols, Log Cabins, appliqued butterflies, among others. The funny thing though, she didn’t quilt herself. She had her group of Kentucky quilting lady friends as she called them and they made the quilts. She loved quilts, but her talent was embroidery. She would sometimes take some of her embroidered pieces to them to be included in her quilts, such as the Ladies with parasols.
I never had my own quilt though, until she had her quilting friends make the one above. A beautiful, colorful, ‘Trip Around the World’. She gifted me with this special quilt when my children were young. The few quilts I had made were small baby quilts or quickly tied comforters for giving as gifts. I didn’t own a real quilt. I thought I was rich with this beauty with all the small tiny squares set on point so that they almost looked like diamonds. It was with this quilt that my children learned how special a quilt was and that it was like being covered by a blanket of love… and also to never sleep with chewing gum in your mouth. I thought of the pattern that was made just for me and hoped that it would be a lucky one that would help me to travel someday. Thank you Grandma for sharing your love of quilts, your stories, your time, and for my very own beautiful quilt. ~