This was the first quilt that I made. I made sure to make a smaller lap size just to try it out and see if I liked quilting. Needless to say I was hooked. This was finished in June of 2015.
I became interested in quilting by watching YouTube videos. I stumbled across Jenny from Missouri Star Quilt Company making a quilt and since I had been sewing for many years, it just seemed so easy to me. I had to try it! It was all perfect timing because I had just purchased a Janome Magnolia sewing machine a month earlier just to mend our clothing when needed. I had never considered making a quilt before. It just didn’t occur to me! I stumbled into to it and I was determined to see it through until the end.
After visiting a few websites that were linked from YouTube videos, I happened across this simple beginner pattern for free. I quickly downloaded the PDF file, printed it out and began to search for any scraps of fabric that I had on hand. At that time I didn’t have a stash, well, not what I think of when I hear the word “stash” today. I did have the stripped blue and orange fabric that someone had given me. After a little more searching my supplies I found the dark blue floral fabric and it matched perfectly! What luck! Now I was getting excited. The white fabric is a light weight denim I had on hand but what to do, I needed more colors. I didn’t want to spend a fortune on this thing because I wasn’t sure at this point if I would like quilting. I grabbed a small piece of the stripped fabric, got in my car and headed to Walmart to find a remnant or 2 to finish out the colors. I found the blues there for roughly $2.00 each and I hurried home to start this project.
At this point I didn’t have any other quilting supplies. I had my fabric choices, a sewing machine, seam ripper, and a pair of scissors! I stumbled my way through but loved the whole process. I was so excited to see the individual squares come together I literally did a happy dance!
Since making this quilt I have spent my time since this quilt learning as much as I can. It is possible to quilt without spending a ton of money. I have learned to save up a little cash and wait for some really good sales. Now I buy most of my fabric online and from fabric stores now to get a higher quality fabric for my quilts. To me, it’s a just smart, because each one is an investment of my time and I want them to last as long as possible.
This quilt will continue to be a tool for me because I want to lean how to quilt by hand. I quilted this little quilt using the “stitch in the ditch” method so there is still lots of room for me to quilt on it by hand.
I keep this little guy draped across an ottoman in my living room and It brings back fond memories for me every time I look at it. I love quilting and I will always continue learning and making quilts for my family and friends.
Have a happy day!