I’m in awe of the amazing quilts that some people produce, and once upon a time, imagined a future when I’d have the patience to sit and cut up teensy little hexagons from old clothes and handsew something glorious.
Then I woke up.
I can get the idea of the heirloom quilt, I love the idea of making things out of other things…BUT.
- I like sewing things to wear. [keep that ruddy bunting away from me]
- I’m impatient. Very impatient.
- I’m slapdash, no precision corners for me.
- I don’t get this business of buying miles of lovely stuff, to cut it into teensy scraps, then sew it all back together again.
My quilting story, such as it is: A couple of Christmasses back, being very strapped for cash after daughter’s wedding, and with ours impending, I decided to make as many Xmas pressies as humanly possible. It was quite fun, and as much as possible I tried to make it a stash busting project. I had to visit the markets once to get some pink fabrics for my older daughter’s pressie, as I don’t make a fat lot of pink stuff, and scraps were in short supply. This is what I made:
#1 Jumpers for the grandkids. They had squeakers in…not very stash busting, I don’t keep THAT much wool as I don’t really like knitting very much.
#2 a load of crazy patchwork squares, all from stash [apart from the pink]
These got made up into 2 lap quilts for the parents, a set of burgundy cushions for my younger daughter, and a cushion each for my daughter and her fiancé-of-the-time.
Lap quilt #1, crazy squares from stash, backed and bordered in an old orange duvet cover. The black sashing I had to buy. I also wadded it which was a major error. It’s rather wonky, to say the least.
Lap quilt #2, back and bordered in a length of old curtain (?) fabric which OH used to use as a bed throw. As before, wonky as hell, but the bright colours distract!
Doc-daughter also got an outrageously frilly pink apron, as near to the one she wanted as I could stomach. Yuck.
Everyone else got cakes. Lots of cakes..oh yes, and home made truffles made from all the trimmings from DD’s wedding cakes. Waste not want not!
As I said, I really enjoyed making the patchwork squares…but the quilting, and all the assembly and binding- vile. And they were just small quilts. But I’m itching to make more stash busting squares, quite therapeutic in their randomness. [Hmm maybe I should make them and offload them onto other people to assemble, in exchange for…what?]
Are you quilty-guilty? Do you ‘get it’? Or is it only me?