Why I Quilt

Cluck Cluck Sew Quilts

Last week I went through my many bins of quilts and made a large pile to donate.  I love going through my quilts and remembering when I made them and looking at the fabrics, but also I love giving away quilts to make room for new.  I gave away some favorites this time…but if I love them I know someone else will love them too.   I met the sweet lady from the charity at a local quilt shop, and I loaded quilts and more quilts into her car.  

“You made all of these?” she asked me in a nice but also a you are crazy tone.   I just smiled, said “yep! I love to quilt!”, and drove home.  It got me thinking though about why I quilt. 

For a long time I struggled (and still do) with the idea of making quilts for no reason.  The frugal side of me argues that it’s wasteful to buy fabric and spend hours to make a quilt with no specific purpose.   Frequently I make quilts for new patterns, or to showcase a fabric line…but other than that I have no real reason to make as many quilts as I do. 

On the other hand, making quilts is what I love to do.  It brings me joy, and nurtures my creativity.  It allows me to quiet my busy mind and just make something.  I think it makes me a better Mom. So I keep quilting. 

Why do you quilt?  Do you quilt just for fun, or only when you have specific reason?  

Simplify Quilt Pattern

I finished up a large deadline last week and pulled these half finished Simplify blocks out of my closet.  They were my test blocks when I was making the Simplify pattern.  The fabric was a jelly roll of a fabric line called Tucker Prairie by 1 Canoe 2 (it’s probably hard to find now!).  It looked so pretty on my shelf I couldn’t bear to unroll it for 3 years. 

It was a fun, easy sew…and even though I have no use for this quilt, it sure does make me happy to look at it! 

Simplify Quilt Pattern

I get to show you new fabric next week!  This line is totally different, and something I’ve been wanting to do since I started designing fabric.  I’m super nervous to share it…eek!

Bounce

It seems fitting at the end of this post to share one of my favorite thoughts about creativity…and a reason why I just keep on quilting!  

“Creation brings deep satisfaction and fulfillment. We develop ourselves and others when we take unorganized matter into our hands and mold it into something of beauty.  The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul.”   Dieter F. Uchtdorf

 

Happy creating! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ombre Cascade

Cascade Quilt Pattern download

When I have a long demanding to-do list….I like to ignore all of my responsibilities and make a baby quilt for no reason.   :)

Cascade Quilt Pattern download

Pinks and purples are one of those colors I love buying, but I rarely sew with unless I’m making a baby quilt.  So I have a big pile of fat quarters and random pieces that needed to be used up, and this quilt was perfect! 

Although I think it hardly made a dent in my fabric stack.  

Cascade Quilt Pattern download

(That spool wreath that Keera made me is one of my most favorite things.  She has a tutorial here…I always get questions about it!)

I decided to only quilt the white and leave the triangles unquilted and a bit puffy.  I couldn’t decided how to quilt them at the time,  but I might still go back and quilt through the triangles with a pink thread. 

Cascade Quilt Pattern download

The fabrics in this quilt are a big mix, but if you want to know the name of a particular print ask me in the comments. 

The pattern is Cascade (paper version can be found here, PDF version here).  

Happy October!! 

 

 

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An (almost) finished Pumpkin quilt

Pumpkins Quilt Pattern

This quilt still needs a binding…but just pretend the binding is there because you and I both know it won’t be sewn on for another week, and I couldn’t wait to post this quilt.   Jane finally realized she likes getting her picture taken without me having to bribe her with 15 suckers every time I take a picture.   She’s so much fun…and also a total nightmare to take to the grocery store (Walmart pickup is LIFE CHANGING).  Also she still sort of smells like a baby and I LOVE IT.  

Oh yeah Pumpkins…

I love how this turned out with the cream polka dot background!  

Pumpkins Quilt Pattern

Oh a whim I decided to quilt it myself and use the green plaid from my Hazel fabric line for the backing.  Quilting while listening to audiobooks and podcasts has got to be one of my favorite things ever (this and this were fun audiobooks I “checked out” from my library).  

Pumpkins Quilt Pattern

I hung my other Pumpkins quilt in the dining/homework doing room for fall. 

It’s very orange…it literally glows from the kitchen.   It almost hurts my eyes in full daylight LOL.

Pumpkins Quilt Pattern

Speaking of homework… my Ben is in Middle School this year (yikes!).  

Pumpkins Quilt Pattern

The background fabric I used is the Riley Blake cream and black swiss dot.  The oranges are a big mix from my stash, but if you want to know the name of a particular print just put it in the comments, most of them I know.  Info about my other older Pumpkins quilt can be found here Pattern can be found here.  

Happy fall finally! 

 

 

 

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