I just finished my 2nd ever quilt! (OK, I’ll stop counting after this one.) If you were walking by my house at any given point in the past week you might have heard someone yelling, “Hoochie Mamma!!” and that would have been me when I sewed a whole row on backwards, or when my seams weren’t lining up, or when I realized I quilted an entire section without bobbin thread. Rookie mistakes–and there were a lot.
The thing about mistakes (and here comes my inner third grade teacher), is that you learn from them. Like, for example, I won’t ever use pure linen for a quilt again because it is literally coming apart at the seams. Man. That one has me cross. But there were good discoveries, too, such as I learned how to make my own spray starch: 1 pint distilled water, 1 heaping tablespoon of cornstarch and a couple drops of lavender oil. Easy-peasy and none of that formaldehyde found in store-bought starch. For the lining, I used a wool batting versus cotton and I love how heavy and luxurious it makes the quilt feel. You know, less like a coverlet and more like an actual blanket. I did get lazy at the end and didn’t bother cutting/sewing my binding at an angle but used scraps that were already sewn up. Next time…
If you’re wondering, those yummy rose prints are Pam Kitty, the back is a Rachel Ashwell print and the striped fabric is from an old oxford belonging to my husband that no longer fit him. You should have seen his face when I took his shirt and right in front of him tore it into strips. Haha! Poor Jesse.
I’m already working up a bunch of blocks for another design, all the while watching out for Pepper who seems to have some kind of obsession with thread and tries to eat it up like spaghetti noodles. Jesse said I have “quilting madness” and I quite agree, but there are so many wonderful fabrics that I find that I get quite wanty when I see another pretty floral. Besides, a gardener’s gotta do what a gardener’s gotta do to get through winter, am I right?
This quilt may not be perfect but Lucy, Eva and Pepper all agree it definitely passes the cozy test. 🙂