I am not a quilter. Sometimes I wish I was, but most of the time I am gently resigned to my fate. Quilting takes a huge time commitment for, well, something that just lays there on a bed…beautiful, but time consuming. I guess clothing and quick-finish projects are my forte.
But every 7 years or so, I get the quilting bug. I see a beautiful quilt, and I say, I really could do that if I tried. I have started 4 quilts in my life, but the fact that two remain unfinished in my studio closet after all these years is proof that I can’t – I am not a quilter. I don’t have a lot of unfinished projects, just these two quilts. They haunt me sometimes. I thought quilts were supposed to make you feel cozy and sleep better, not worse!
Anyway, all that to say, I’ve been bit by the quilting bug again, and despite all sound reason, have determined to make another attempt. I will never be a ‘quilter’, but I do have this one quilt that I’ve fallen in love with…It’s called “What a Bunch of Squares” by Denyse Schmidt, and I desperately want to make one for the new baby…
I have decided that what draws me to this quilt, and others in this same style is the minimalist styling – a lack of busyness that is inherent in many quilts. I think it is a perfect baby quilt, and I have the perfect fabric – all the leftover scraps from the 15+ Emmeline Aprons I’ve made this year!
That was the real motivation to quilt, actually – my fabric. Usually my personal stash is not so inspiring, but all the lovely fabrics I justified buying this summer to turn into gifts, well, it was hard to give them away at times, and I realized I really wanted to keep a part of each apron…and a quilt was the way to do it.
And now I am going to show you said inspiring stash, and you must promise not to be too impressed, as it has only very recently become this photogenic, thanks to the lovely stash-folding techniques I just found here. You have GOT to try this – it is soooo much fun to turn a box of disordered scraps into these lovely, tidy little stacks! I am totally addicted, and wish I had three boxes to fold!
I was delighted to find that the “What a Bunch of Squares” quilt pattern is in a book – “Denyse Schmidt Quilts” which I now have on order from the library! Having an actual pattern, beautiful fabric, and a deadline really makes me believe this quilt could make it to the finish line and be something I actually use and love in the years to come. Wish me luck! 🙂
I will keep you updated – the accountability of this blog has been great motivation in the past…