Adventures in Quilting

This passed fall Elise posted a quilting challenge on her blog… I decided it would be the perfect time to challenge byself to finish a (king sized) quilt I had started for my brother and sister in law as a wedding gift (they have been married 5 years! ha oops). I sat down and got to work and in a week I was done with their HUGE quilt (I gave it to them before I took a picture, so hopefully sometime I will remember to photgraph it and share). The point of ┬áthis story is that the challenge got me hooked on quilting again. And by christmas I had finished three more quilting projects.

This first quilt was very emotional for me and honestly the best kind of therapy. I mentioned last spring that a close friend had passed away. She was great and super crafty and one night while we tie dyed fabric in the dark she got on my case for NEVER blogging projects that I worked on (it’s true I only blog about a half of the projects that I work on… I’m a crafter, not really a blogger:). After she died yards of that fabric we had tie dyed together sat in my cabinet… taunting me. I knew I needed to do something special with it, and I knew I needed to blog about the finished project. A quilt seemed like the perfect thing to do with it- so through tears and late nights I plowed through this whole quilt in a few days and came out the other end with a quilt I will always cherish, but also feeling sooo much better!

I had now become addicted to quilting (and my living room was clearly already a mess) so I began a quilt for my mom. I knew this was the best Christmas gift I could possibly get for the women who taught me to quilt, and who has everything… and it was a complete surprise… perfect! This quilt turned out bad in the sense that nothing lined up, but I kinda loved that it was clearly hand made, and I knew my mom would love it too.

This third project was a table runner I made as a gift. I used the left over tie dye fabric to make a small present for my friend’s mom. I knew the holidays were goign to be really hard for her and that this was a project that her daughter had helped me with… I thought it would be special for her… and it sounds like it was. (yay holiday spirit)

After this crazy adventure in quilting I had to clean it all up for my boyfriend’s return home. And I think I was ready for it… thankfully this time I finished on a high note, and am excited for the next opportunity to make a quilt (and a sewing room so that I can leave a mess out!)

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I love the smell of freshly pressed muslin, am a huge fan of any form of potato and always judge a book by it's cover

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5 Responses to Adventures in Quilting

  1. Jenna March 4, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

    Awesome! I’m so glad you finished those quilts. I have one I’ve been working on for years. Maybe I can come work on it at your place on rainy days after SXSW?

  2. tate March 4, 2013 at 3:06 pm #

    sounds like a plan!

  3. Tami March 7, 2013 at 9:00 pm #

    We LOVE our finished quilt, thanks again Tate! I will try and take a pic of it soon so you have one because it is beautiful!

  4. tate March 10, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

    maybe I need to be a better sister/sister-in-law/aunt and actually drive down there:) glad you love the quilt :)

  5. gene March 12, 2013 at 10:58 pm #

    Clearly, your mom adores her quilt and uses it every day! It is more meaningful because all of the work that went into it is recognized and cherished. Thank you for carrying on the passion for textile arts! And thank you for sharing it in a meaningful way!!

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