My mom and my grandma are incredible influences on my life in many ways – especially my crafty, sewing, creative life. Happy Mother’s Day!
Our cousin Emily is a talented paper crafter. Last year she got the fabric bug and starting collecting vintage reproduction fabrics, and her mom got her a new sewing machine when she was in town visiting a few weeks ago. I can’t wait to see her first quilt – she is a very talented, creative woman. Maybe we could get her to do a friends and family post?
As a thank you for a Christmas present, Em gave me this spectacular paper quilt handmade card and some wild Elvis print fabric. Each square and heart is individually cut out of decorative papers and glued down to the card. She named it “Cousin Quilt” and it’ll be framed and hanging somewhere special soon. Not sure what the plan is yet for that Elvis fabric… but whatever it is I will be sure to share some photos! Any ideas for what to make with an Elvis print?
I made my first quilt when I was nine years old with my Grandma Brugh. I remember picking out the fabric with her (probably from her significant stash) and cutting the pieces and doing a little sewing on the machine. I don’t think I really put that much effort into the actual making of the quilt, but I do remember how excited I was when it was finished. She held on to the quilt until a few years ago, and I have stored it at my mom’s house while in Georgia. I have made a few more quilts with her over the years, and I hope to also share photos of them over the next few months. I even have a very long-term project to work on. Grandma and I purchased fabric together a few years ago for 2 quilts using the same pattern but with different fabrics that I haven’t gotten further than piecing on, but brought here with me to finish, so look out for that project maybe later this year.
Anyways, my memory of making that first quilt and all the times I spent sewing with my grandmother, my mom, my sister, or my friends is really about the time spent together sharing a project that produces a very functional piece of art. Last year my dear friend Ilka wanted to make a wedding present for her brother and his future wife that would be enjoyed for a long time.
The idea of making a quilt was quite daunting for her, but I shared 101 Fabulous Rotary-Cut Quilts (Judy Hopkins & Nancy J. Martin – book on the right, second down) and she picked the City Lights pattern, a good pattern for someone who had never sewn before. We spent quite some time at the fabric store looking at different patterns and colors to try and match the very modern and geometric look of her brother’s apartment.
I think the quilt turned out beautifully. The project probably took us over 3 months from start to finish – maybe longer. It helped that Ilka is a very driven and likes to complete projects (where I am a project starter for sure!). When she was working on her quilt I worked on a few projects of my own, and went back and forth as needed to help her. The quilt was machine stitched by Diana Woods using an all-over intersecting lines pattern.
What I enjoyed the most was the time we spent together – talking about my moving to Georgia for my fellowship, her projects, our families, our plans for the future, and all of the things that women having been talking about while sewing, cooking, baking, or crafting together for years. In some ways I think that is what I am loving about this website – it gives me that fellowship with my sister (and maybe the few friends and family that read these posts) in a very modern and virtual way.