Oh how I love quilts!
couch all snuggled under my first quilt, I seem to have even more of an
appreciation for the labour of love quilts are.
patchwork and feeling the peaks and valleys created by the top quilting. But
moreover what I realized is that even though this is my first quilt and it’s
faaarrr from perfect, the imperfections are not what I focused on.
care that my stitches aren’t perfect, which they certainly aren’t. And I didn’t
care that not all of my points match up, as many don’t, but what I focused on
was the different fabric pairings I chose and how fun they were to look at now that
I wasn’t focused on the construction of the quilt. And it just made me happy at a time where I didn’t feel particularly awesome!
for how far I have come and how much I have learned along the way. And heck,
you have to start somewhere!
experience – the innocence that I had about the whole process. And the wonder I
felt at seeing it all come together.
Since I couldn’t work on my projects there were lots of moments of
just sitting and admiring the work I had done. And just how much I love quilts.
From start to finish! I love the design process, I love piecing, I love seeing
an idea take form. And then once its bound, I love that it becomes an heirloom
piece. A memory in time and a labour of love that’s meant to be enjoyed and
I tackled this quilt after watching some YouTube videos. Yes!
YouTube was my inspiration to give quilting a go! Thank you Jenny Doan of the
Missouri Star Quilting Company (one of my favs) for making such fun videos with
easy to follow tutorials!!
I started my sewing journey because I love fabric and I wanted to
create something with all the fabric I was collecting! When I stumbled upon my
fist quilting video it was a total a-ha moment! I realized quilting is all
about pairing different fabrics, which was exactly what I loved to do. So one
block turned into two and then a whole series of blocks as I tried out
different patterns using half square triangles. I was hooked! Instantly!
possibilities were endless. And before I knew it, I was on my way to creating
my very first quilt. What a journey it was! There are so many “firsts” in this
quilt. My first blocks. Which I didn’t realize you needed to square up – oops!
My first piecing.
Learning all about the quilt sandwich courtesy of my quilting
buddy! Tackling basting and having to re-do it, which may be why that isn’t my
favourite part of the quilt journey – ha! I even learned how to hand bind for
the first time. And no, my corners are not all mitred perfectly. All on this
This project eventually led me to find the Montreal Modern Quilt Guild, which I just adore being a part of. And slowly I started reaching out
and discovering the amazing talent in our community through blogs, Instagram
and Pinterest. Oh what a glorious time it has been!
with 20+ years’ experience, remember its not always about how perfectly pieced
your quilt top is or even how perfect your quilting is done, it’s about an
expression of creativity, love and learning. We grow. We learn. We evolve and
along the way we amass a treasure trove of living art.
So let’s be kinder to ourselves and remember this is supposed to
be a fun creative journey, an outlet for our ideas and each quilt represents a
challenge we’ve conquered!
will be loved and appreciated and that’s what really matters in the end.