Saturday, November 7, 2009
This started as a back for another quilt, and I thought to myself--I really could make another quilt out of this and then my work would go farther. So, another quilt came from my two day crumb making session earlier this year--maybe in September...
I got to thinking while sewing the binding. In my early years as a frazzled mom, I had quilts that I washed to death. Most moms who receive these quilts, I am thinking, will be moms who may not even have their own washing machine, so these quilts need to be very durable. I prefer making the binding and then sewing it by hand, but that may not be as durable as sewing down with a decorative stitch the way I now do most donation quilts.
I remember a quilt that I received when we took in a foster Native American. I didn't have enough bedding when winter came. There was a quilt in the Relief Society's closet and I asked if there was any way I could get it. Of course I needed to remimberse for it--that's a whole 'nother story and I won't go into that today---maybe sometime I'll tell--but to make the story, it was a quilt that had been tied which made it durable for my boy's bedroom. After a couple of washings the binding which was hand sewn came undone and it was awhile before I could get it resewed. I was working, my first year as a teacher, having a weekend job as a waitress to help pay the loan we had for my education, and being a mom. I suppose that has colored my thinking about bindings. I want the quilts I give to be given freely--no strings attached--no payback and I want them to be durable. I have several places I send my quilts, as many know.
I have been asked many times why I don't sell my quilts. I suppose I could, but it would take out the joy for me. This way I can let my imagination run and sometimes I just go with whatever fabric I have and come up with a design. If things don't work quite the way I'd imagined--I don't have a e-quilter program nor much of a design wall, I can just donate them which is in my way of thinking a plus--I get to play and someone gets a quilt. Most of the quilts I do are just from my head, or a combination of a pattern I've seen or just putting fabrics together. This quilt, I used two layers of Fairfield 80/20 from a package. It seems a little less thick or sturdy than some I'd have. It makes me wonder if they've changed the batting. So I won't be buying that anymore. I'll be making an order soon of a roll of something advertised on http://quiltbug.com/batting/quilt-batting.htm called quilters dream batting. I haven't yet washed the pictured quilt, but with two layers it is a bit more bulky. That's one of the reasons I really like doing strings. It adds just one more layer, not a thick one, but with that and the batting, even though not really fluffy they are quilts that just "mold" around the body. I like that feeling.
Well, I've rattled on enough today. I need to make one more quilt, so that I can wash them and not have my washer go nuts because it's not loaded right!!