Sitting behind a sewing machine was not completely new to me, but it was still an uncomfortable place to be. My grandmother taught me how to make a dress when I was 12. I flew to Amarillo, TX, by myself and stayed with her during the summer for a couple of weeks. During that time, we went to the fabric store, picked out a dress pattern and fabric and started on the journey of learning to sew. I learned to cut out my pattern and cut the fabric with all the notches. I learned to piece each part together and rip apart seams when I did something like sew the arm sleeve closed. I didn't truly appreciate the lessons she was teaching me at the time and I walked away from the experience proud of the dress I had made, but lacking any real interest in trying it again. Why make clothes when you can purchase them so easily? I still kinda feel that way. More recently I sat behind a machine a couple of times making things for my babies before they were born. My friend, Erin, helped me make the bedding and curtains for my daughter's nursery. I'll be honest in saying that she did most of the work. My friend, Mary Catherine, helped me sew together bumper pads for my son's nursery. Again, I was mostly a spectator. I did make half-a-dozen receiving blankets for my son and I did that project all by myself with a couple of YouTube videos instructing me on how to wind a bobbin. Those receiving blankets are still holding strong and my son has been dragging them around for over 2 years now.
Alright, back to the next quilt. I only had 2 weeks before my next friend's baby shower and I didn't have 3 months to finish a quilt by hand again. All I needed was a sewing machine, but I didn't have one. Luckily, I know people who do. I called up my friend Mary Catherine and asked if I could come to her house and use her machine. She willingly opened up her home and I spent 2-3 evenings closed off in her upstairs room sewing like a mad woman. I was determined! Here is the finished product:
|This is bigger than a baby quilt, but it will grow with the child.|
A year and a half later, this quilt is still thriving. It's been used to provide warmth, used as a safe place for the baby to lie on the floor, used to bring family together and used to give comfort with a good snuggle. This is the best compliment a quilter could ever receive.
|A grandmother with her grandchild.|
|Hangs nicely on the crib.|
|I like to do this with my quilts as well.|
|She's a cutie!|