Before I made this quilt, I always loved everything about the idea of quilting. I have always found quilting to be such a moving art. Women (and men!) who carefully and patiently sew colored fabric together to tell a story, to paint a picture, to provide warmth and comfort and love. The quilt has been on my life list for a while.
Honestly, for a long time I wasn’t sure if I would have the patience to make my own quilt. It just seemed so daunting, and so skilled, and so big. But the key (for me) to tackle these types of projects is to break them down into digestable bites, so that’s what I did. And boy was it ever worth it.
Ever since I was a little girl, one special quilt has been a central part of my life:
My grandmother made this quilt for me when I was born (she has made one for each of her grandchildren), and I have kept it with me since then. Even though I live so far away from my grams, this act of quilting made me feel closer to her.
I first thought that I might be able to tackle making my own quilt for real when I read this post by one of my favorite bloggers Elise. For my first quilt, I pretty muched followed her instructions exactly. In the end, I ended up with way more triangles than I needed, and ultimately I decided to make the quilt a bit smaller because of the design I wanted to go for once I started laying the pieces out (I’m a bit too OCD, and I couldn’t stick to the “organized chaos” approach to the design that Elise recommended).
But other than that, I just followed her steps, and I took my time so that I could enjoy each step along the way.
I have to admit that the quilt was a lot more work than I imagined it would be. I thought I might be able to knock the project out in a weekend, but instead I had to steal away hours over several weeks, carefully making my way through each stage of the process. But you know what? I loved every minute of it. I love all the different stages and the care that you must put into each step. I love using my rotary cutter (don’t laugh, but it’s like magic!!!). So amazing. And I really love using my sewing machine! love. love. love.
I have to tell you that there are few things I have experienced that have been more satisfying than sewing that last stitch in this quilt. I don’t plan to keep the quilt. I have a secret plan for it. I’ll let you know where she ends up.
>>If you have any interest in making your own triangle quilt, don’t forget to check out Elise’s guide. Also you should just read her blog, because it’s awesome. 🙂
Thank you so much Grams for inspiring me to quilt! I love you and miss you!!