My mom (not sure if I'd stick with this quilting idea) gave me a gift certificate to Verna's Fabric Store (love this store!), where I bought material, a rotary cutter, cutting mat and an easy baby-quilt book. Super-supportive Igor bought me a Pfaff 1538 sewing machine and off I went. I machine-pieced the top and finished with hand-quilting.
Same process for Sissy and one other quilt in 2007. Nothing else sewn; the machine sat untouched for months. At this time, I started going to an American woman's house for coffee and quilting (and chatting and praying). I learned a lot about hand-sewing and friendship from the women in this group.
When Bubba was born in 2009, I started my sewing procedure, only to find that my machine wasn't sewing properly. Too lazy to take it to the sewing machine store, I pieced and quilted Bubba's quilt by hand.
For now, my quilting is on hold (waiting for the next baby to help me complete another baby quilt). I have started on a large summer quilt for our (Igor and myself) bed, but that's only this far:
note to self - next time, choose large squares! I need 812 of these triangles to form the pinwheels. At least I have my project to bring to Create! am Main on March 3!
I do look forward, however, to the time when I return to quilting on a more frequent basis. I loved having a sewing project that didn't require electricity. And I loved seeing the designs develop, both through the choice of fabrics and in the actual quilting.
It brings my heart joy, to see my handiwork being enjoyed by two of my most treasured people.
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