Saturday, May 19, 2012
The Quilt That Started It All
This is my entry in The Bloggers' Quilt Festival. My second son was just a few months old when I innocently picked up this magazine at the drugstore! Who knew what a monster was about to emerge.
I knew how to sew and always wanted to make a quilt, but most of the patterns looked overwhelming and besides, I didn't know a soul who quilted. There were no quiltshops around and J. C. Penney was the only source of fabric in town.
By the time I got the top together, I discovered Quilters' Newsletter Magazine and from their catalog I ordered a disappearing chalk to mark it.
I worked late into the night marking the quilt only to discover the next morning the quilting lines had disappeared due to the humidity. My husband laughed and said I'd never finish it! Now I was really determined and I marked it again with a pencil. The batting was the old unbonded variety that made the quilt soft and cuddly.
Four c-clamps and some wood I found in the garage provided a frame. I wasn't looking forward to the quilting part but when I sat down and started stitching, something happened at that frame. It was a sense of peace and serenity that I had never experienced before. Quilting grounded me in the moment, connected me to the past and handwork has been my refuge ever since.
I wish you that same sense of peace, serentity and connection to the past in whatever you do!