Tuesday, August 27, 2013

That time my husband and I made quilts together

Back when we were newly-weds, Troy and I got it in our heads that it would be fun to each make a quilt for our moms for Christmas. At the time, I was a middle school sewing teacher, with a big classroom full of 23 Bernina sewing machines (swoon). I clearly remember the trip to Joann's to pick out our fabric. I fell in love with some traditional, Americana prints. My husband, being the stinker that he is, said that if he was going to make a quilt, it was gonna be completely original, something that no one before had ever made. Haha. And then he found the African prints, and there was nothing I could do to talk him out of it! So we bought our fabric and batting, and spent the next couple of weeks hanging in out my classroom after hours, working on these quilts for our moms. That will forever be one of my favorite memories with Troy. I love that he wanted to try something completely random and outside of any of his hobbies, to create something to give away, and to spend time with me. Since then, I've fallen in love with quilting. One of my favorite hobbies looking at gorgeous quilts on blogs, instagram, pinterest, and flickr, and making a "list" of quilts I want to make. (Check out some of my favorite quilting bloggers on my sidebar.... its such a fun online community)! I haven't finished any quilt from start to finish, but I do have 3 quilts in the making right now (basket weave, ruffle quilt, and pickeldish)!! I need to focus on one at a time, I just get to excited and I'm working on all three simultaneously. When I look at the quilt that I made, I find myself cringing a little. But then I cut myself some slack... I made this quilt before there were quilting blogs, and without any direction at all. I probably should have read a book, but I wanted to figure it out for myself. I really had no clue about quilting, even though I was teaching sewing. Its funny to look at it-- hardly any of my corners match up, my binding is like 2 inches wide, and I quilted it by tying it with thread!!!! hahaha. It's been nearly ten years since we made these quilts, and I think my husband was right-- his is quirky and silly and awesome, just like him. Thanks for letting me share our quilting adventure with you! :)





7 comments:

  1. What a wonderful tradition to start. I love quilting and try to repurpose fabrics where I can or buy organic at www.organiccottonplus.com, but I'll check your sources too.

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  2. What an amazing story. That is something you both will treasure forever and it will be a wonderful story to pass down for generations along with the quilts.

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  3. ah, the simplicity of date nights before the kids, right? What a fun (and random!) project for you both to work on! We usually try to work together on our gifts each year, but it tends to be more like "you make the emergency mini camping can stove and I'll make the carrying case"...and you can guess which one each of us contributed! :)

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  4. I love this post. In our home it would be right the opposit, I would have the funky/wild/bright quilt and my husband would have the traditional style and colors. But in quilts as in love, we are opposites but we compliment each other and we make each other a better person! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. You remind me of the quilts I made back probably in the late 70s, before internet, I cut and sewed squares just like you did, tied it with yarn, and didn't even use a batting because I had no clue! I think I made three of them from scraps from making clothes. And they still exist today (the quilts....not the clothes...). Now I'm learning the real way to quilt, through blogs, and am just now stitching in the ditch on my first 'real' quilt. (no free motion skills yet). Thanks for the memory!

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  6. Oh we all had to start somewhere, didn't we? My first quilts are worn out and long gone, so no embarrassment lingering. It was and is still, so much fun isn't it?

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  7. I "glued and stapled" together my first quilt a few years ago and it didn't turn out nearly as well as I'd hoped. So I gave up for a while and reattempted it about a month ago. It was an American print kind of like the one pictured, coincidentally.

    Anyway, this was nice to read. What a great bonding pastime! :) And so sweet!

    Thanks for sharing!
    – Candice

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