It's always fun when you go searching in the attic for one thing and stumble upon an unexpected gem. Recently, we were going through some keepsakes and found a crib quilt memorializing an older brother’s birth, handmade by our great grandma. For a moment, we were puzzled by how the quilt ended up in our house instead of his. But it all made sense when we realized that he’s just not transported by all those stitches, colors, shapes and patterns the way we are. For him it is a tiny blanket; for us it tells stories. The soft textures of wrinkled cotton, batting and thread take us straight to memories of grandma’s house. Call it the power of the quilt.
We have to admit that quilting has always been kind of like golf in our eyes: Something that we could do right now, but we’ve been saving it for when we get “older.” At the moment, life is too busy, right? But after admiring the beautiful details of grandma’s quilt, we could actually make a case for taking it up and putting a contemporary spin on it. You can do stitching projects while chatting with friends (over a cup of tea or a glass of wine). Quilting circles were probably the original social media platform. Plus it allows you to be creative without burning your eyeballs at the computer. Being wrapped up in the piecework and stitching can make you forget about everything else for a while. And piece by piece, you are making something that is as humble or as grand as you want it to be. There's a reason that traditions like this have been passed down through centuries.
Quilts are a labor of love often made to celebrate or honor a special moment in someone’s life: for a new baby, a graduation, a wedding. The crib quilt piqued our curiosity about the process. The commitment of a large blanket seems daunting for now, so we’re trying a little gift project akin to dipping our toes in the water to test the temperature of quilting.
Gathering up some cast off fabric scraps from our hoarder-like stash, we played around with some shapes and colors. Landing on a hexagon made up of 3 diamonds, we have a design to share with you for the worlds tiniest yet still useful quilts. The warm summer air has been creating condensation on our cocktail glasses. Since the feeling of setting a glass on something soft is so nice (and protects your table), we thought that quilted coasters would be an excellent mini project. In fact, we had so much fun, we did two simple color versions: an indigo story and then our salmon/yellow/blue version. It would also be fun to mix and match prints and solids, with one solid color on the back as a unifying element.
For more details, click here for the detailed tutorial. Like baked goods, make a batch for yourself and a batch to give as a gift.