Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Quilting Is NOT My Thing

What is it about new moms that makes us think that pushing a baby out our birth canal somehow suddenly makes us capable of taking on new hobbies??  When Evalie was first born, I could not STOP buying beautiful fabrics.  My idea at the time was that I would just use them as photo backdrops.  But, then I had all these lovely huge pieces of fabrics just laying around...I mean, I might as well just make them into blankets, right??

But, then after a multitude of pillowcase-style simple baby blankets (which were NEVER straight by the way), I realized that some fabrics would make really great quilts.  So, why not just throw some squares together?  I mean, how hard could it be??

REALLY REALLY HARD.  So hard I seriously think these will likely be the only three quilts I ever make in my lifetime.

Well, until I have another kid one day. 

This was my first completed quilt.  I used fat quarters as the large squares and then just quartered those for the rest.  I used a plush minky for the backing, so I didn't do any batting.  I also don't have a nice edging on it.  But, it's warm and cozy and matches our family room.

The quilt below was actually worked on long before the one above, but took longer to complete.  My mother in law sewed the vast majority of the front of this quilt, because I was too scared and KNEW I couldn't sew a straight line (really...I can't...)  Then I added the roses with buttons by hand, which were made by Evalie's Auntie Karen for her first birthday party.  I chose all these fabrics, because I liked the whole "Rose" theme for Evalie ;)

Last, but not least, the one below is my favourite.  It's also probably the most POORLY crafted out of all of the blankets.  There's a hole in the back.  The ruffled edge is a mess.  And, a lot of the "squares" aren't square at all!  But, I love the fabrics, and so that's what makes me like it.

This will likely be the only post I ever do about quilting.  I have no intention of doing this again.  Truly, this is a hobby for people who don't mind bloody fingers poked with needles, constantly threading and rethreading countless bobbins,  or the many hours spent tearing apart mistakes.  I've heard from some people that they enjoy quilting because it's calming, exciting to see the finished product, and soothing.   For me, it was mind-numbing, frustrating, and angering!  Even though I WAS glad to see the final products ;)  Sewing/quilting is not for me! 


Cate said...

They are all beautiful quilts Erika! Would you ever want to quilt if you were doing it with someone? I would gladly come over for a weekend of sewing! :) I just have to put the border on my first quilt and then I'm going to start my second quilt...and it's going to be all hand sewn. No machine at all! Just like Little House on the Prairie days. :)

Cate said...

Oh, you know I'd gladly come over for a weekend of anything, right? I don't want it to sound like sewing is what's getting me over there...it's you. :)

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