This is the front of Lili’s quilt. This is one of the main things I’ve been working on this month. I got it done in about one week from start to finish. A record for me. I did almost nothing else during that time.
This is the first quilt I’ve ever done machine quilting on. I’ve been wanting to learn to do this for years. Lili’s quilt is the biggest of the four quilts I’ve made. The first three were baby quilts and this one is roughly twin sized.
I watched almost all of Alias and the first season of Arrow while making it.I had no real plan ahead of time. I only knew that Lili (a four year old girl) likes pink, red, and purple. Having found no good purple prints I decided to break up the red and pink with black. It’s much bolder than I originally imagined, color-wise. Kind of punches you in the face, but that’s okay because Lili is a girl with major moxie and some day she will have no problem punching people in the face who get in her way.
Ad-libbing a quilt allows for all kinds of weird stuff to happen as you go along. Like stripes that don’t quite match up, not enough of one fabric or another, and good surprises like unexpected cool piecing.
This is the back side of the quilt. It’s asymmetrical. On purpose by surprise. The irregularities in this quilt would shame my mom’s sister who is one of those precise quilters who follows patterns and makes every seam match up PERFECTLY because otherwise – THESHAMETHESHAMETHESHAME.
Having been a costumer and a professional seamstress I know how important it is to make things perfect if you’re selling them. I will rip seams out until they’re just right when making things professionally. But quilting, for me, is the one sewing project where I let myself just have fun and let things develop organically. I start with an idea and then let it just unfold. I do try to do a good job sewing it but I’m not taking seams out when points don’t match perfectly or my lines aren’t ruler straight (though they usually are anyway). Quilting is my free-range sewing time. I get to do whatever the hell I want with it. There are no rules.
I’m really pleased with the way Lili’s quilt turned out.
Now I’m working on the quilt I started 6 years ago in McMinnville. I broke my machine while machine quilting it. I’m about half done. So tonight I’m going to finish the quilting and tomorrow I go to my friend Chelsea’s house to get a lesson in binding. Because I suck at binding quilts and while I could continue to suck at it I think I would get more satisfaction if I could learn to do it better.
If you don’t have many (or any) spare blankets in your house you should start making quilts. I have only two spare blankets and only one of them is full sized and it’s shredded to the point of almost being useless. I am appalled at this whole situation because what if there’s an emergency or an apocalypse and we need extra blankets?
One quilt down and many more to come!