Inspiration / Quilting

Uncharacteristically Quilty, Part 1

These photos are from a year ago, and this post has been sitting as a draft in background of my blog for THAT long. How crazy is that?? I can’t for the life of me figure out why it’s taken me so long to post about this quilt I made for Bunny last year… perhaps it’s because I knew I would immediately (once again) show what a hypocrite i am! hehe! I actually only realised I hadn’t shown it to all of you when I finished  making a quilt for Buddy yesterday. yikes. (i’ll show it to you when i get photos).

Friends and family will know that in the past I have been an enemy of the quilt (I’m pretty sure my sisters in law are probably laughing right now as they’re well versed in my quilt related rants) – swearing I would never ever make one. Why? I think its probably got a lot to do with horrific past experiences… Ok I’m being a bit dramatic here… when I was in the 6th grade I was getting into sewing, my mom gave me a sewing machine and I started sewing everything I could. So when my school started a sewing club I was excited to join (yes I know I’m lame, whatever, you guys know I’m a dork!). I was then shocked, appalled and devastated when I found out we were going to be making quilted cushions sewn by hand. That’s right by hand. As in every teeny tiny piece sewn together by hand. Apparently they didn’t trust 11 year olds with sewing machines.  It was frustrating, painful and left me swearing I’d never touch a quilt again…This negative feeling was solidified when we moved to Iowa and every sewing store I went to catered almost exclusively to quilters, leaving me a little more then frustrated!

But here I am, having made a quilt for Bunny (Though i’m sure serious quilters would shudder at the thought of my haphazard quilting technique and lack of perfectly straight lines). But you know what? It’s her very favourite blanket – so i guess the shame and hypocrisy was totally worth it.

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Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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12 years ago

I had a VERY similar experience in 6th grade, this 8inch square of quilting sent me into tears several times. But last winter I started working on a ‘crazy quilt’ with all my fabric reminanets and it was really relaxing just cutting and sewing all my not quite straight lines. I’m sure a real quilter would yell at me but this post makes me thing I should absolutely pull that UFO out and work on it some more this winter.

12 years ago

This is adorable! It’s funny, I have the exact same sentiments about quilting – I’m sure a lot of us apparel sewers do! All the fabric shops around me cater to quilting as well, it gets so frustrating when they have this huge selection, classes and tools for quilting and barely anything for dress-making. But, I do love quilts and maybe one day I’ll have the patience to make one! You did a lovely job.

12 years ago

I completely agree with your experience of fabric stores catering to quilters! I tried to go fabric shopping in anticipation of getting the Darling Ranges pattern in the mail today. There was almost nothing that would textile wise be suitable for that dress and what was there was almost all ugly! I walked out empty handed and sad :( Trying store number 2 today, so fingers crossed :D


[…] with this quilt, and i feel like my quilting is improving very slightly with each one i do (Here is the first quilt i ever made for Bunny, the second i made for Buddy and also the collection scrap quilt #1). I decided to hand […]