I have been really getting into this quilting thing! I think the trick was to give myself permission to be imperfect. That, and the fact that I realized that our quilting teacher in North Carolina, although excellent, was a tad bit anal, and really made it out to be much more difficult than it really needs to be. I am extremely grateful for the skills she taught us, and for the wisdom she passed on, but am learning that I need to branch out a bit and do my own thing, and not worry so much about being absolutely perfect!
So, having said all of that, I decided, back in August, that I wanted to make a quilt for a friend of mine who was pregnant. Well, for her baby! And so I dug out all of my class notes and instructions and figured out what colors I wanted to use, and got started. Fortunately, Abby remembered quite a bit from our class as well, and was able to help me out when I forgot what to do next. And, in about five weeks I managed to completely cut out all of my quilt pieces with my rotary cutter, piece them together, baste it to the batting and backing, cut out a continuous strip of bias binding out of matching fabric and quilt it all together with my brand new, handy dandy, amazing Bernina Aurora 440 QE! Here is the result:
I have learned a lot from this. First, I have discovered that everybody loves quilts! I mean, I have always known that Gaylon loves them, and that in his mind, nothing brings more comfort to a room than a quilt. I know that my boys love them, and clearly, Abby does, since it was her that got me into quilting in the first place. Our cats really, really love quilts! They don’t care what stage of creation they are in, either. They just like to lay on them, and Stella even enjoys trying to lay on them while I’m sewing! This has not proven to be an effective method, by the way, for getting anything accomplished.
I also learned that I love listening to old rock n’ roll on my iPod while I quilt/sew. I created a new playlist, with everyone from Led Zeppelin, Heart, Fleetwood Mac, Pat Benatar, Rush, and Patti Smith to the Doobie Brothers, and more, and I absolutely love listening to it while I’m at my sewing machine. It’s the perfect escape for me!
This week I am sewing a costume for Abby to wear to the upcoming Murder Mystery Party that our homeschool group is doing. It’s a Regency Era (think: Jane Austen) cornflower blue calico dress. By the weekend, I intend to be right back to quilting. I have a few gifts to make!