My favorite place to make quilts is at one of my Aunt and Uncle’s houses. My Aunt has her basement all set up for sewing, cutting an ironing. Quilting with my Aunt has the benefit of her expertise with all things sewing and the fun of spending time together. I have had some pretty crazy sewing experiments that we have tried with mixed reviews, but always end in some level of success. I have a habit of starting out making a baby blanket, and ending up with a full. What can I say, I like boarders, and hate patterns.
I am not sure where the idea came from to make a quilt out of men’s dress shirts. I had it somewhere in the fall of 2011 when I bought a stack of dress shirts at second-hand stores. They were mostly blues and greens, striped and plaid, large and small. Each one different with a unique past and a common future. The original idea was to make this quilt for my boyfriend at the time, but it was a gift that was never to be.
While visiting my Aunt and Uncle October of 2014 the process of making the quilt began. We got the entire top made, it is composed of 3 inch strips at varying lengths sewn together at random. Remember, me and patterns have a sketchy relationship. We carefully sewed each row together leaving some of the of pockets intact. The finished top was a beautiful combination of colors that keep your eye moving around making connections and bridges from line to line. The goal was for me to go home and finish the quilt, but after that October weekend it would stay folded up for the next four years.
Now the quilt is finally finished and is on my bed. On my distraction weekend adventure my Aunt and I finally finished it. In true form it is HUGE! We used fabric from my Aunt’s stores to make the back, pinned it together, machine quilted and bound it in less than 24 hours. The good thing about making huge quilts is that oversized blankets are so cuddly, the bad side is that you have to take the extra time to finish them. In my opinion the end result was well worth that extra time.
So much has changed in my life from the concept of this quilt to its completion. I have been in three relationships and have had two different jobs. There has been loss and gain, and so much love and support woven in between. Sometimes, you never know where life will take you, but the good thing is eventually you end up with a masterpiece composed of it all.
Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.