Bloggers' Quilt Festival
What better way to meet quilting bloggers than to join in on an Online Quilt Festival! What a great idea! When I first saw information about this festival over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict , I didn't know what quilt I should show off. What better place to start than at the beginning!
A few months ago I was rambling through Etsy when I happened to come across quilts. They were so beautiful! Each one was a work of art and they were so expensive! I thought to myself, "I can do that!" I didn't know anything about quilting. NOTHING! I didn't know about fabric weights or quality, nesting corners, binding, piecing, 1/4" seam allowances, but I was determined to make something beautiful. My Mama bought me a rotary cutter and I bought a Dresden ruler that came with a pattern and I started cutting and cutting and cutting. I thought I would be cutting for the rest of my life! Then I started sewing and I thought I'd be sewing little petals together forever! But it was fun! When Little Ladybug was at school and Little Man took his nap, I'd turn on Murder She Wrote and work on my quilt.
One Saturday afternoon, my five year old Little Ladybug came meandering in my room just as I finished pressing my last Dresden petal. Her little eyes lit up when she saw all those beautiful little petals. "Mama! can I help!?" clasping her little hands together. She was so excited and we had such fun together that afternoon. She helped me design my flowers, laying them all carefully together. Telling me which ones should go together. All my petals were from scrap fabrics I had around the house and were different colors, weights, and textures. Some matched, some didn't. I even used fabric from a curtain I had never used. lol
Now when I look at this quilt and wrap it around me, I don't think about the imperfect stitches or the uneven corners. I think about my daughter's sweet little voice and I see the excitement in her eyes, just to spend a little time with Mama. I'm beginning to realize and appreciate that each quilt has it's very own story. Sometimes the story is about the quilt and it's beauty, complexity, and/or perfection, and sometimes it's about the events and people surrounding the quilt while it is being made.
Find something that inspires you and then share it...share it with the world. -Little Mama Hen