January 25, 2018

Quilt a long

How do you fill your time? I have been asked this before. Being a SAHM has a lot of perks and also it's time consuming. I clean the house (or try to), grocery shop, meal plan, usually cook, 1st grade drop off/pick up, help with homework, volunteer in class, volunteer for field trips, dance class, preschool drop off/pick up, preschool teaching (mommy co-op & I take my turn), preschool field trips, soon to be soccer for the 5 year old, toddler (do I need to say more?), planning birthday parties, birthday dinners, gifts, Christmas everything, shoveling snow, mowing the lawn, snipping branches, cleaning again, laundry, dishes, kid's rooms and add to that my blogs (yes I have more than one) and my very small business.

Why do I bring up all of this? Because I've added to that list. The other day I looked on facebook and a friend of mine asked if there was anyone in our neighborhood who wanted to do a sampler quilt with her. So I went out and got the materials because I want to learn. I also miss talking to other creative people and working toward something.  I love being in the same room sewing with others that have the same passion.

So here's what I've got - it's going to be quite a challenge. It is a sampler quilt so I will be learning how to make blocks. I have never actually made blocks before. I usually just make sure that my quilts are straight. So this will be really hard, I think.  It's a "farmhouse" sampler and luckily there is a blog with quilt-a-long instructions.

For me, this is my order of importance:

1. pick out my colors - this is always difficult to do. I don't do well with colors. I can make them match and stuff, I just have a hard time choosing what I want to match them with. My house doesn't have a theme. We moved in almost 9 years ago and we have yet to have things on the walls in some rooms. I am trying to be better about this - especially in the kid's rooms b/c they should be happy with their space. So this was a big deal for me. I actually asked fb land to help me out. There were some great suggestions and I plan to use them for future projects. This time - I went with bold and bright!

2. make the blocks - we are going to meet every 4th Thursday until they are complete. We will make one or two blocks each month. That sounds pretty good to me. I can make this quilt and hopefully keep up with my other sewing projects as well. btw, that means our first meeting is tonight. Wish me luck.

3. sew the rows - there will be 3 blocks/row. This should be easy. I just need to make sure that I have the borders work as well. Like I said, I've never done anything like this. I'm a little excited.

4. choose a backing - quilt backings for me are worse than picking out the colors. Honestly, I usually use a sheet. I don't need to worry about matching a pattern or anything because it's done for me. I think in order to really learn I will be doing the backing out of fabric. I will see how it turns out before I get it though.

5. quilting - how? I have a few options. I can tie the quilt together (top, batting, backing) or I can use my machine to sew between the blocks or take it to quilter to do it for me. I don't know what I will do yet. I have done all 3 for different reasons. I'll just have to see what it looks like before I make a decision.

6. make and sew the binding - I think I will need some help on this part. Binding seems like one of those buzz words in the sewing universe. Honestly, you are great with it and know how to use it or you just pretend. I don't know which. I do have a binding maker that I got for Christmas so I'm excited to try it out. Then I may need my MIL to help me fit it onto the quilt.

7. done! Seriously - I'll need to figure out what I'd like to do with it.

The hard part about quilts? They are expensive!! I'd love to do more, however just for the materials (not backing or thread) it was over $60. I got all of my materials 40-50% off, too. Please remember that when you see prices for hand made quilts and other items. They are super expensive.

I am looking forward to this opportunity. It's going to be fun, hard, scary, exhilarating and exhausting. I'm sure I'll want to throw it against the wall at times, but I'll keep going. I have a space to report back and that helps but mostly I am a proud momma and want to show my kids that they can do hard things.


Unknown said...

A quilt a long sounds like so much fun! I can’t wait to see your finished quilt!

Marjie Mare said...

I am curious to see the finished result, and I would love to try it too.

Cleverly Changing said...

I use to quilt with my grandmother. For years, I've said to myself that would start the tradition with my little girls. Thanks for the reminder.

Unknown said...

This sounds so fun! I have always wanted to learn how to sew one day!

Jhilmil said...

Quilting seems an interesting option, more so when I see those high prices for hand made quilts, I always get tempted to learn, sew and try things myself. You motivated me all through!

Farmhouse Mama said...

What a fun project! Even though you are so busy, it sounds like it’ll be fun to add a creative project that is new to you! I love my quilts I have that are handmade by family and friends!

Unknown said...

This sounds like a lot of fun, is this similar to a crazy quilt? I am not sure what a sampler quilt is.

JLynnCorter said...

This sounds like so much fun! I'd love to learn to quilt one day!

amanda call said...

You inspire me to get creative!!! I really wanna start doing more stuff like this. Great article!

Chelsea said...

I made a quilt when I was a teenager, and it was so much fun! I plan to start a quilt with my 9 year old within the next year. Quilting is so much fun!