I had grown up with a sewing machine in the house although it was never used. I wasn’t really interested in them until I learned how to make a quilo. That is a blanket that has a pocket on it so you can fold it up into a pillow. I loved it. I kept making them for family and friends for birthdays and Christmases. Then I went on my mission. When I came back I bought a basic sewing machine. When I was in college I decided to take a sewing class. We made shirts, pillows (I opted to reupholster my brother’s jeep seats), skirts and blankets. When we got to the blanket part we discussed different ways to finish quilts. I already knew how to tie a quilt. Every quilo was tied. Another way to was to free motion stitch them. So I pieced together a twin size quilt for my daughter and then started free motion quilting it. It took me two weeks because I was doing the design so small and was still learning. I fell in love with it. I haven’t tired a quilt since.
Then I decided to make quilts for our family members. I started with my husband’s grandfather, then his parents and then my dad and step mom and then my mom and step dad and so on and so forth. If someone wasn’t married yet then they got a quilt for their wedding present. If they were already married they got it on rotation for Christmas.
Quilts are not cheap and they are not easy and they are very, very time consuming. But I love them. Well over the years I have finally made one quilt for every parent and sibling and my two oldest have one as well. I started working on my husband’s and my quilt probably a year ago. It was taking forever because I didn’t have a pattern and I kept changing my mind as I went. I started out paper piecing it and then decided I didn’t want the whole quilt that way. The other thing is that our quilt is made entirely (except for the batting and thread) out of our old worn out levi’s and button up shirts.
Well I’ve finally finished it. It went on our bed last night around 11:30. Saturday my husband helped me get this set up so I could pin it in order to keep the layers from shifting while I sewed.This is how I work on it. I do not have a long arm machine. Just my sewing machine and it has to fit in order to sew it. I have a system that works for me. I roll it and sew straight down the middle on my first run. Only 6 inches wide roughly. Then turn it and roll it the other way to quarter it and start doing quarters of it at a time. It works for me. The bigger the quilt the more of a work out it is to sew. It is a whole upper body workout.As I sew this is what my station usually looks like. Usually I take over the kitchen table but it was General Conference weekend for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and this way I could sew while I watched/listened. The gloves help me get a better grip on the quilt. I bunch it up like that to help keep it moving freely and so they edges don’t start pulling. That is when I start to have problems.By the time I get to the edge it moves much more freely.Here it is on our bed this morning. It looks great with the log. 🙂My sewing machine has some small embroidery options. I can do the alphabet on a small scale. I do not hand sew the bindings or I’d never actually finish a quilt. I also do not so a normal line because I can’t sew in a straight line. So I like to sew the binding with fun stitches. This time I put our names and when we were married and then went to the fun stitch.I love to sew. It is one of my stress relievers. I quilt and sew clothing and alter things and well just whatever I want to do. I’m so glad that my quilt is finally finished. My husband commented that it took me 10 years to make us our quilt….but it is also 10 years of our lives in that quilt.
Now to make My third daughters quilt in time for Christmas…..