First: I’ve missed being here.
Second: I’ve kept busy while I’ve been away!
If you’re not familiar with the Craft Hope movement in service, please check out my post from November 30.
My mom is a quilter. I am not; I make clothes. My mom used to make (lots of!) clothes, but over the years, her skills (and her patience) evolved and she took up quilting, though she does bust out some cute clothing these days. Maybe it’s just a natural progression, I don’t know. BUT, I now understand why quilters love what they do so much!
There is something so soothing and slow and easy about quilting. The way one can get lost in the fabrics and the colors and the hum of the machine and the sound of your heartbeat while you’re cutting and piecing and… You know what I mean, don’t you…you crafty little goddess?!? If it’s not quilting, it could be something else that speaks to you this way, right?
I am not a quilter.
My mom has given me loads of her scraps over the years, as I enjoy applique’ing clothing quite a lot. I use what she gives me and I try to remember the quilt that has the same materials in it. I have a huge stash of her scraps, as I can’t applique THAT fast! I’ve often wondered if there is anything else I could be doing with these scraps that my mother so painstakingly measured and cut. Anything besides making a quilt, because (say it with me, now)…
I am not a quilter!!!
I popped in to Stitch Cleveland, my local sewing shop, and was talking to the owner about my pondering. She knew right away how to help me and picked up a book named The Practical Guide to Patchwork by Elizabeth Hartman. She said that it was a great introduction to quilting and had several patterns inside, from novice to advanced. She pointed me to the Small Plates pattern and here is what came of that:
I am rather impressed with myself! This is the first quilt that I’ve made, and I’ve done it slowly and carefully and poured the best of myself into it AND…
…I’m going to be so pleased to send it off to Romania! It’s rather primitive, but Heidi was right – it was the perfect quilt to start me off!
Lookout world: I AM A QUILTER!
(the pieces haven’t been sewn together just yet – I’ll pop on with photos of the finished project!)