Need a little motivation? The Flying Geese quilt block behind these words was much easier than I thought. They ended up in a couple of large blocks for a sampler lap quilt. When life seem to get a little intense, as sometimes it will, the sewing room I have found is a good place to escape… at least for a while. Happy Quilting.
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. ~
Do you love quilts in your home? Do you love the feelings that come with either receiving or gifting a quilt? I call quilting my cheap hobby as either I sew too slow or I buy fabric too fast. I haven’t decided. Either way, it takes me a while to complete my projects.
I attribute my love of quilts to my grandmother who also loved quilts. When I was a girl, my grandmother would tell me the story that went with each quilt as we would relax and lay on the bed talking late on a summer night. Most of her quilts were made from scraps into log cabins, colorful butterflies, Sunbonnet Sue’s or Sam’s by her Kentucky lady friends or from her mother (my great-grandmother) who saved and used scraps from everything. “Waste not, want not.” My great-grandmother would ask me if I was saving the buttons from my discarded clothes for sewing or ask me “are you going to throw away money?”. She was the original recycler. She made quilts primarily for her family to stay warm she said, not necessarily to look pretty. She used wool from grandpa’s suits, old cotton dresses, coats and other household textile items. But she made them into crazy quilts and used colorful embroidered threads to connect the pieces and tied them with yarn, which made them useful but pretty and decorative.
However; while I like most all quilts, scrap quilts, especially those with bright colors are my very favorite. I feel almost like I am getting a free quilt from my left overs! The above photo is one made entirely from left over scraps sewn onto tear-a-way papers (10″ Paper Piecing Squares) that I bought in a stack from Missouri Star Quilt Company (missouriquiltco.com), very inexpensively on one of the online Daily Deals. I have been experimenting with combining old and modern, which is fun! This certainly is not one of my more traditional patterns that I usually prefer. But it worked up fast and I have made a good dent in my scrap bag. I will machine quilt it with a quick pattern and tada will have a quilt that I will be comfortable with for everyday utilitarian use (being dragged around anywhere), maybe a concert in the park or a picnic.
My grandmothers would be proud to know they had influenced me with what they would call common sense and not wasting! Plus, it just adds another quilt to my stash to either gift or keep. It’s a Win Win!
I plan to add a quilt page and also a photography gallery with my next Blog redesign. In the meantime, quilt lovers please feel free to share a photo of one of your creations or showing a favorite pattern. Happy quilting and thank you for visiting! I hope all of my visitors enjoy Terre’s Blog – Women for All Seasons where I try to show a variety of topics from the spice of life. Thank you and please visit often!