I just put the last stitch in this simple little baby quilt (50 x 43) for a friend's first grandchild. I didn't do anything fancy with it because I didn't want to cut the focus fabric into little pieces. It's got horses and little cowboy bears on it and in places it says 'cutest ranch hand' - very cute. I took this photo before I washed it. It's in the dryer right now, getting all soft and wonderful!
I'm still trying to master the art of machine quilting and I need to carve out some time to practice because I really like the look that meandering adds to a quilt. However, in the interest of time, because as I stated in a previous post, it might be beneficial to give a baby gift while the child is still a baby and we all know how quickly they are not, I tried something new. I quilted this one with a diagonal straight stitch using painter's tape (who knew?) to mark my spacing. I wasn't sure I liked it at first, but I persevered and I like it a lot now. So much so, that I want to keep it... but I won't. It's headed to Texas in a day or two for a new baby who, if he's anything like my DD, will still be enjoying it 16 years from now!
Around here, quilts are loved...treasured... and used!
When I finished it, DD said, "You do know that when you give away a quilt, a little piece of your heart goes with it don't you?" A surprisingly wise and astute comment coming from a teenager who abhors sewing, but loves quilts. It was her way of trying to convince me to keep it.
I know that love is not a concrete thing, but I think quilts are love, defined in fabric. I have heard some people compare quilting to pregnancy...without the contractions! LOL! Well, I don't know about that, but it is a long process and a labor of love.
I don't know why I've become so addicted to this. My MIL is a quilter and she gave me my very first quilt. It was a wedding present and it graced our bed for years. That may have been they beginning so if DH complains about the ever increasing piles of fabric that seem to magically appear around our home, I can say, "It's all your mother's fault." LOL!
He did laugh and ask me if there was a group for quilting addiction. I told him yes, but the only catch is that it only fuels the fire to make more quilts!
If the wind doesn't blow (not much chance of that...after all, it's spring time...in New Mexico), I'll pull out some of the quilts my MIL has given us through the years and post them tomorrow.