A Quilt Blog? What!? Why?
I always wanted to start a blog, but have thought… “What should I start a blog about?”
Food? I like food! But honestly, as much as I enjoy food I am not a very creative chef. I am a mom of two kids with very specific tastes. So, while my foodie posts would probably resonate with a lot of moms out here (same 7 meals every week… can I get a comment about what your 7 meals are!?) it would get boring really quick! Specifically after only say… 7 posts.
So I moved on from the idea of food blogging and thought about a family/homeschool blog. I never ever thought I would homeschool. EVER… But, I honestly feel like our choice to homeschool was so personal and curriculum picks are so individualized that I couldn’t think of where to begin!
After throwing out the idea of food blogging and a lifestyle blog I really started to wonder if I would ever come up with a blog idea. Then, I started posting pictures of the quilts I was making on social media. People were commenting so much and so often saying they wish they knew how to quilt! “It’s so easy” I would reply! “You could totally make a quilt.” I, after all, have been quilting since I was a teenager, and if you have preteens or teenagers they have the attention span of a gnat. So, if I could learn to quilt as a teen, then anyone can!
But, I do understand that quilting can be a daunting task. Where do you begin? What supplies will you need? What is the easiest quilt pattern for a beginner?
One of my very first quilts was a jean quilt that I still have to this very day. I used yarn to quilt it. I didn’t bind it properly because I couldn’t bind the quilt on my sewing machine since all the layers were too thick. I sewed the binding by hand without using a slip stitch. I also didn’t know how to properly finish the binding. It quite honestly was a mess.
I may not have made this quilt “properly”, but it is actually the quilt I am the most proud of. Why? Because it helped me learn so many things. I promised myself I would learn how to properly bind a quilt. I learned, there are in fact, better needles to use on jeans! And with my new found knowledge I successfully made two more jean quilts without crying.
Now, back to my childhood jean quilt. This quilt gave me so many problems. I had to hand cut each square because my rotary cutter couldn’t cut through the jeans (I likely needed a new blade). Because I hand cut each square they weren’t accurate squares so the seams didn’t meet up.
I would never recommend a jean quilt as a first quilt to make. I broke millions upon millions of needles. Yes, this is an exaggeration, but it felt like that many. However, despite all of that. I get so many compliments on this quilt. Not one person has noticed the flaws that I see. This quilt is a very fun quilt. I left pockets on the quilt, fun embroidery a pair of jeans had, and even seams. Instead of using traditional fabric as the backing of the quilt I sewed bandanas together. It really is a beautiful quilt. I am so proud of it.
After finishing my first quilt I was hooked. I had a thirst to learn everything I could to improve.
Quilting is such a creative process. I feel as if it is something that you just need to dive into. Just start. With every quilt I make I learn something new. I am far from perfect. I am still learning. And I often don’t quilt the “right” way because I prefer to do something easier. You have to start somewhere, so why not now!
Have fun. You will be your hardest critic. I guarantee you, that everyone will be so impressed with everything you make.
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