It's so good to be reacquainted with my sewing machine again. I have lots of little projects in mind that I would like to work on this winter, but first things first. With Christmas only being days away (really), work on Little #8's quilt has been my sewing priority. It's a simple quilt, nothing fancy, but that is the kind if quilting I like. I think of how, out of necessity, my grandmother, my great-grandmother, and the many grandmothers before her would have used whatever fabric they had to make quilts that would keep their family warm all winter long. Although I find the more detailed quilts with carefully chosen fabrics beautiful and am in awe of the time and patience it takes to create one, I enjoy using scraps of cloth that I have saved from other projects, creating something useful and warm from what may not otherwise be used. I like to think that I am quilting in an old-fashioned way.
I've always looked at quilting in two ways...one as a form of art and the other as a useful craft. I do love all manner of quilts and hope to someday work on one with a real pattern and design, but I will have to get over my uneasiness in choosing those fabrics. I actually get quite overwhelmed when it comes to choosing coordinating cloth from the endless bolts of quilting fabric, and I am amazed by those who can narrow the choices down and choose just the right colors and patterns to compliment the design of their quilts. I am so taken in by the artistry of quilts such as these, but I am also so drawn to the simple charm of quilts such as this and this. Someday I may get brave and enter the fabric store with confidence and a plan, but for now, I am enjoying using whatever fabrics I already have and seeing what the outcome is.
For this particular quilt I used an old blanket (one that was from Hubby's childhood) in place of the batting and a flannel sheet as a backing. I sandwiched the layers and pinned them together...I think this actually took more time than sewing the squares together. I then laid down strips of masking tape to use as guidelines for the quilting. I am about half way done with the quilting. I am not sure what technique I will use for the binding, but I am anxious to finish and have one more gift complete.