Modify Tradition posed a thoughtful question in their giveaway post today. Why do you quilt/sew/crochet/embroider, etc? It got me thinking about why I started and why I continue. Seems kind of pointless sometimes when I go to Target and see all the beautiful quilts you can buy for a whole lot less money than it takes to make one.
I remember my mom buying me those little embroidery kits when I was a girl. Do you remember the ones that had a stamped piece of fabric, floss, needle and diagrams that gave the exact stitch and color for each spot? I loved those! I would love to buy those for my niece but I can't find them anymore. Sigh ... Anyways, those were my favorite things to do at night while sitting on the couch and watching TV. I have such cozy memories of being with my mom, each of us on our own end of the couch, and each working on a project.
Flash forward years to when I'm a stay at home mom to my three boys. My mom had given me her old sewing machine and I was mending and making curtains when I saw a magazine article on how to make a super easy patchwork quilt. I started making quilts like crazy. I used puffy polyester batting and sewed around three and a half sides, turned it right side out and whip stitched it closed. I used yarn and tied them all over. I'm a little embarrassed now when I think of how proud I was of those quilts. I made a special one for each of my boys and some for the house and then I moved on to something else. I didn't know anyone who made any other kind of quilts and there was no internet then so I really didn't have a way to grow in my quilt making skills.
A while ago I was talking to my now grown up son Russell and we were reminiscing about the good old days. He told me that his favorite childhood memory was coming home from school one day and I told him I had a surprise for him. I made him sit on the couch and shut his eyes and then I wrapped a Buffalo Bills quilt around him. He said that he never forgot that feeling. I'm tearing up a little now just thinking of that (excuse me while I go dab my eyes). I started thinking about what a great feeling it is to have a quilt. I felt like making one for each and every one of my loved ones to try and express my love for them in a tangible way. I started looking around the for ideas and discovered quilting blogs. Then I happened upon a blog called the Old Red Barn Company that was going to start a quilt-a-long for beginners. That got me hooked on quilting but good!
I think I'm constantly wanting to recreate that loving feeling I got when I was a girl and I embroidered next to my mom. And I want to make my loved ones feel special, the way my son did when I wrapped that special handmade quilt around him.
I was thinking about picking the quilt all apart and remaking it for a surprise. Now I'd probably embroider over the pictures and properly quilt and bind it and use nice batting.
I decided against it though. It's the way I made it and that's the way it should be. It's warm and the love is still in it, even though it's kinda funky and puffy.