I thought I’d share some of what I’ve been working on lately. A while back, I was asked to make two double quilts for two very special little girls. I agreed to make them even though I was not taking any new custom orders because I fully believe that there is something special about a handmade quilt.
We always had handmade quilts in our house. I was lucky enough to come from a family where both grandmothers were quilters and both had their own unique style! My favorite gifts were quilts from my grandmothers because they were perfect for snuggling up with to watch a movie or read a book. You could just feel the love when you wrapped yourself up in your very own handcrafted patchwork blanket. I think this is what sparked my love of fabrics!
Fabric speaks to me. Some fabrics tell me that they would make a beautiful purse. Some tell me that they would look stunning as a jacket! And some tell me “I don’t know what I’ll be yet, but I’m just so pretty! Take me home and I’m sure you’ll find a project for me!” And so, I’ve accumulated quite an impressive collection! This is less than a quarter of what I have in my studio.
My collection has almost outgrown my studio space. So, I am determined to use what I have before I buy any more! And that brings us back to what I’m currently working on. I haven’t made a quilt in almost a year and it was refreshing to be back at the sewing machine fitting together the pieces of a puzzle that would become so much more than just a blanket.
A funny thing happens when I’m quilting. My mind wanders and comes up will all sorts of crafty ideas for those scraps, extra squares, and those fabrics that were just so pretty and I had to have. As I was sewing away yesterday morning an idea popped into my head that I just had to try. There were some extra bits left over from the quilts I was working on that were just crying out to be made into matching pillow cases! And I had been wanting to try out the roll-up method of making a quilted band pillow case.
I am so eager to get these quilts and pillowcases finished for these little girls. I really hope they get the same warm fuzzy feelings I used to get when they wrap themselves up in their very own handmade quilt.