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Ever since I was given a quilt that was made by my Great-Grandmother, I fell in love with the idea of making them myself. At first, I tried to make a small one by hand that I never finished. Let's face it, sewing a large project by hand can be tedious! I love sewing, just not so much having to do it by hand. So, I put that aside for a while, and it passed away from my mind for a time.
Fast-forward a few years to April 2006.
At the age of 16, I decided to attempt a quilt again, as a youth retreat was coming up and I thought it would be fun to have a cool blanket to take with me. Only this time, I would use a serger and a sewing machine.
I selected a few fabrics and I cut them into squares and triangles. I sewed some of the triangles together to get squares, then I arranged all my squares into a pretty design on the floor. When I was happy with the design, I sewed them together with the serger. At that point, I sewed my pretty quilt side to the inside batting and to the back. I turned it inside out, and I used the sewing machine to sew around the border of the quilt. Success! Before I had finished the first quilt, I decided that my sister needed a fun quilt for the retreat as well. So she would get the first one I was working on. I proceeded to design my new quilt on some graph paper. Then, I went to the fabric store and picked out some fabrics to go with the design. I used the same method as above to sew this quilt together. All in all, both quilts together took me about a week to complete! I made each one to fit a full-sized bed. I know I took pictures of these 2 quilts, however, they seem to have been misplaced over the years.
I was so happy with my quilts that I decided for christmas 3 of my other siblings would be getting quilts. Since they were 4-8 years old, I decided they didn't need a large blanket so I made each of theirs to be about 50x70 inches. I decided it would be more efficient to make all 3 at the same time. So I carefully designed them on graph paper like I did before. Then I went to the fabric store to get all of the materials I would need for them. I found a fabric selection that had batting already attached to it, so I picked that out for the back and inside of the quilts. Over the next few days, I cut out all the triangles and squares in the colours I needed. Then, I sewed each quilt, one-by-one, with the serger, finishing the border off with the sewing machine. I only got started with making them a few days before christmas, so they weren't finished in time. So they got them for New Years instead. They of coursed loved them!
The Pictures I have of them aren't too clear, and were taken about 5 years after I had actually made them. Plus, they have faded since I made them. But here they are all the same:
Some time in the future, I will get back to making quilts. For now I'll just keep designing them on my computer, for me to make later. :D
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