There's something about only using materials I already have that takes me to the roots of quilting. Quilters of the past didn't have fabric designers making whole lines of matching fabrics. They didn't have carefully crafted kits and fat quarter bundles to choose from. Not that I think those things are bad, mind you. I love a well curated bundle. But, quilters of the past didn't have the option of running to the nearest quilt store for the latest release from Moda. They sewed from random snippets of fabric left over from other projects. Just sayin'.
Also, forcing myself to use only what I have on hand sparks my creativity. I'm finding fun fabric and color combinations that are really appealing to my eye. I'm also rediscovering fabrics that I bought years ago that have been forgotten over time.
Here are two quilts I've finished this month.
I imagine wrapping my little granddaughter in this whimsical little neighborhood. Maybe when she's old enough we can read the Betsy-Tacy series while snuggling underneath it.
furniture boutique that I used to haunt. I loved it so much that I couldn't ever bring myself to cut into it and so I have carried it around for literally 15 years. I finally realized how silly it is to buy fabric and never use it.
Who knows, maybe Mason and I will make a blanket fort out of this one.
I mean, I guess I could pick the quilting out of both quilts and redo them both, but that would probably put me in a rubber room. I have heard that mistakes in quilts add a bit of charm, so yeah, I'm going with that. Maybe when I wash them the wrinkles won't be so noticeable.
Quilts are made for many purposes. Some use them as art to be displayed, others say they're heirlooms to be saved for generations. But for me, the highest purpose of a quilt is to give comfort. Whether it's for story-time, fort building, or to give relief during illness, quilts don't live up to their full potential until they are used.